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A Hungarian Fairy Tale (1987)
"Hol volt, hol nem volt" (original title)

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Shot in B&W, Gyula Gazdag's film follows the surreal and often comic quests of young Andris, an orphan searching for a father who doesn't exist, and Orban, a government clerk who's had ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Dávid Vermes ...
Andris
Pál Hetényi ...
Orbán Antal (voice)
Frantisek Husák ...
Orbán Antal
Mária Varga ...
Mária, Andris's Mother
Eszter Csákányi ...
Lány
Péter Trokán ...
úttörõtanár
Szilvia Tóth ...
Tünde
Judit Pogány ...
Tünde anyja
Géza Balkay ...
Tünde mostohaapja
Gábor Reviczky ...
Tünde apja
Joli Jászai ...
öregasszony (as Jászai Jolán)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Éva Babai
Margit Balák
Jutta Bokor ...
Második hölgy in 'A varázsfuvola' (singing voice)
Csaba Csikesz
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Shot in B&W, Gyula Gazdag's film follows the surreal and often comic quests of young Andris, an orphan searching for a father who doesn't exist, and Orban, a government clerk who's had enough of oppressive bureaucracy. Written by Dawn M. Barclift

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Fantasy

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28 December 1988 (USA)  »

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A varázsfuvola (Die Zauberflöte)
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conducted by János Kovács
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Mozartian inspiration
15 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film more than 20 years ago, and never could get it out of my imagination--it is one of the best films I have ever seen. One detail that might be lost is how beautifully Mozart's fantasy opera "The Magic Flute" is interwoven into the plot. The boy's mother attends a performance of this opera, with fateful consequences. One of the fantastic conceits of the plot is that the boy is guided at crucial moments in his quest by the trio of boy sopranos that guides Tamino in his quest in "The Magic Flute", and just as the hero of Mozart's masterpiece eventually learns the identity of his father, this same quest is at the heart of this nearly perfect little movie.


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