I was recommnended to order this fine movie by my father.He was present in Hungary during the revolution of 1956.Although he was not an active participant with the revolutionary soldiers, the depiction of what actually occurred is very true to form.He and my mother were direct witnesses of what truly happened.
The main characters are well portrayed.The oppressive regime during the Stalinist era relied on the Hungarian secret police version of the KGB ,called the "AVO". Their purpose was to keep the public in utter control. The use of fear and psychological torture is well demonstrated in the film.
The movie's mood and style is very up to date.You are right there with the protagonists,as if it were occurring in this century.
There is no glamorized violence.Although some of the color of the Hungarian language,particularly demeaning expressions are lost with the English translation,it lends to some humor and release of tension.
One major politial message that still haunts many Hungarians to this day was the lack of response to pleas of help to the "West". This occurred after the massive response by the Russians which quelled the hope of a people for freedom.After confirming that the Americans and the "West" ignored Hungary's request,Soviet Russia asserted her military might to validate the fact that Hungary was still a colony and hostage to the Eastern block.
This movie would appeal to anyone who abhors the oppression of humanity.It detailed the methods and astmosphere of what it is like to live in a brutal police state.
There remains many of those kind of regimes in the world today including some world powers.
If you are a water polo player, as I was during college,you'll appreciate the excellent underwater shots. Scenes of the matches portray the tension and physical viciousness that is not obvious to the spectators. Realistic action of the sport is aided greatly by using clips of actual world class games.
Highly recommended even if you are not of Hungarian origin!
- Actors: Tamas Keresztes, Kata Dobo, Ivan Fenyo, Sandor Csanyi, Karoly Gesztesi
- Directors: Krisztina Goda
- Producers: Andrew Vajna, Tamas Zakonyi
- Format: Import, PAL, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Language: Hungarian
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 2 ( DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Lionsgate
- Run Time: 123.00 minutes
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- ASIN: B0019GJ4DI
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