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The Cinema of István Szabó: Visions of Europe

John Cunningham


István Szabó is one of Hungary's most celebrated and best-known film directors, and the only Hungarian to have won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, for Mephisto (1981). In a career spanning over five decades Szabó has relentlessly examined the place of the individual in European history, particularly those caught up in the turbulent events of Central Europe and his own native Hungary. His protagonists struggle to find a place for themselves, some meaning in their lives, security and a sense of being, against a background of two world wars (Colonel Redl, Confidence), the Holocau ... More

Keywords: film director, István Szabó, Hungary, Central Europe, Budapest Film Academy, film industry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780231171991
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231171991.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Cunningham, author