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The Cinema of István SzabóVisions of Europe$
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John Cunningham

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231171991

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231171991.001.0001

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The Early Films:

The Early Films:

The Age of Daydreaming (Álmodozások kora); Father (Apa – egy hit naplója); Lovefilm (Szerelmesfilm)

(p.25) Chapter Three The Early Films:
The Cinema of István Szabó

John Cunningham

Columbia University Press

This chapter focuses on Hungarian director István Szabó's early films: The Age of Daydreaming (Álmodozások kora, 1967), Father (Apa—egy hit naplója, 1966), and Lovefilm (Szerelmesfilm, 1970). Given the influence and impact of French New Wave at the time, The Age of Daydreaming, of all Szabó's feature films, is the one which most clearly shows the influence of the French, particularly Francois Truffaut. In all three films, an individual goes through trials and tribulations of one kind or another and had to come to terms with a particular situation, whereupon a camera movement then reveals that he is not alone; others are sharing a similar experience. One individual's rite of passage or learned experience is generalized to include that of a generation. It is Szabó's own generation, the generation who came of age around the time of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution or just after.

Keywords:   The Age of Daydreaming, Father, Lovefilm, French New Wave, Francois Truffaut, trial, tribulation, rite of passage

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