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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 man who comes from somewhere else is always suspect’; Sunshine

‘The man who comes from somewhere else is always suspect’; Sunshine

(p.95) Chapter Seven ‘The man who comes from somewhere else is always suspect’; Sunshine
The Cinema of István Szabó

John Cunningham

Columbia University Press

This chapter examines the film Sunshine (1999). Sunshine narrates the tragedy of successive generations of a Hungarian Jewish family through revolution and counterrevolution, fascism and Stalinism, two world wars and the Holocaust, and their attempts to achieve acceptance into broader Hungarian society. This epic saga of Hungarian Jews marks the return of Szabó to the broad canvas of Central European history. From the breadth of the subject matter, which brings together a number of thematic concerns touched on in the Mitteleuropa films, the casting of some of the finest acting talent available, to the audacious attempt to capture the essence of being Jewish in Central Europe in the twentieth century, Sunshine is a bold film in just about every sense and Szabó's most ambitious film to date. There are also a large number of references, direct and indirect, to events and personages from Hungary's history.

Keywords:   film, István Szabó, Sunshine, Jewish family, Stalinism, Holocaust, Jews, Central Europe, history, Hungary

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