The story begins in the year 1924, and the first two and a half minutes are shot as if filmed in that time. A silent film burlesque. Zdenkó Tamássy's score references the cinematic music of the era. The protagonist - played unforgettably by Dezső Garas - moves like the finest actors of silent cinema. The scene - a self-opening door - is burlesque. And though this is clearly a colour film, the colours are dusty, worn, as if they had faded for half a century. A game of styles. Witty, funny, yet also featuring a kind of melancholy - something also found in the films of Chaplin and Buster Keaton.
Pál Sándor's film, inspired by Iván Mándy's book A pálya szélén (On the Edge of the Pitch), quickly became an iconic movie. Still today you will hear Hungarians say "Kell egy csapat!” (We need a team!). The film is not, however, a simple adaptation of the superb writing of the football-crazy Mándy. It offers us a slightly wider perspective. It is a 'football film' that is clearly not about football. Though in the context of the history of Hungarian cinema, it does still belong to the 'foot...ball film' genre. There is no doubt that Hungarian films like Tribunaux Civils, A csodacsatár, Two Half Times in Hell, The Match and 6:3 Play It Again Tutti used football to report on the situation at the time in Hungary, its crises and conflicts. As for the team, director Pál Sándor is in. There are also the actors Garas and Kern, writer-dramaturg Zsuzsa Tóth and cinematographer Elemér Ragályi. And as is often the case with Pál Sándor's films, the cast includes a wide array of characters from Hungarian cinema: Sándor's films frequently tell stories by also dealing the process of film production itself. Not to mention the topic of history, which scribbles itself down somewhere in the background. One example: Az Est, a Hungarian newspaper, reports on the Munich Beer Hall Putsch. "Who are they?" Minarik, the laundry man, asks in a surprised voice, far more concerned with the future of the Csabagyöngye team. Because so-called history, the game of power, is out there. In here, you will find human desire, ambition, loyalty and betrayal - in other words, everything that really matters.
In Hungarian, without subtitles.
The discussions before and after the screening will be conducted in Hungarian.
Presented by: Müpa Budapest
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