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Rose's Songs (2003)
"A rózsa énekei" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  20 March 2003 (Hungary)
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Autumn 1944. Yellow star, ghettos, Arrow Cross terror. The inhabitants of Hungary's capital, Budapest, await the tragic fulfilment of their fate with helpless resignation. However, above ... See full summary »

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Franco Castellano ...
Géza Halász
David Zum ...
Ildikó Bánsági ...
Lili
Djoko Rosic ...
Grandpa
Kati Patocskai ...
Julo
Petra Váradi ...
Zsuzso
Éva Tímár ...
Vera
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Olga
Zoltán Gera ...
Mr. Waltz
Ági Margitai ...
Mrs. Waltz
Enikö Börcsök ...
Irén
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Mama Bödõ
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Magda
Péter Blaskó ...
Skubala
István Jánosi ...
Arpad
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Autumn 1944. Yellow star, ghettos, Arrow Cross terror. The inhabitants of Hungary's capital, Budapest, await the tragic fulfilment of their fate with helpless resignation. However, above one of the city's villas, once a week in the evening the stars of hope sparkle, if only for a few minutes. This short time gives fresh heart to those hiding here and kindles hope in their tortured souls to live for another day. This mysterious power is none other than a beautiful song that can be heard at such times from the villa's tower room. Géza Halász, the villa's always jovial caretaker, believes no Jew has reason to fear while the owner of the voice, Imre Rose, the world-famous opera singer and a Jew himself, remains in Budapest and does not flee from the country in spite of his American, British, Swiss, Swedish and Vatican connections. Halász visits the singer every Friday to dine with him. After a while the marvellous, hope-inspiring concert starts, which is listened to by the hiding ... Written by Gábbbor <gabbbor@hotmail.com>

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I wouldn't even know about Imre Rose if not for this movie
26 March 2008 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

I have read volumes about the Third Reich and what it did across Europe. But I've also read about resistance to it. And yet I'd never learned about Imre Rose. After watching Andor Szilagyi's magnificent "A Rozsa enekei" ("Rose's Songs" in English), I know about him.

Rose was a Hungarian-Jewish opera singer. When the Nazis invaded Hungary, he locked himself in the top floor of a house overlooking Budapest. Every week, he would sing, and the other Jewish families hiding out in the house would gather around and listen. His songs gave them hope in the midst of the terror surrounding them.

I might compare this film to "Life is Beautiful", the way that the central character seeks to give people hope in a seemingly hopeless situation (although I will assert that "LIB" is better). But beyond that, this one also works as a straightforward look at the Nazi occupation of Hungary. I definitely recommend it, and I hope that people start paying more attention to cinema from the Magyar Republic; other good movies from there include "The Revolt of Job" and "Sunshine".

Starring Franco Castellano, Ildiko Bansagi, Djoko Rosic, Maia Morgenstern and David Zum.


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