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Rural Hungary (1939)

A visit to the rural agricultural areas of Hungary where the people lead very traditional lifestyles.




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This entry in the narrated travelogue series visits the rural areas of Hungary, a country where three-fourths of the land is used for agriculture. The simple people live in small villages and raise geese and grow grains for bread. On Sundays, the people dress up in their colorful traditional attire, attend church, and gather later for folk dancing and singing. Out on the plains of the Puszta, Hungarian cowboys called Csikos herd sheep, horses and cattle. Back on the farms, a traditional harvest festival is observed. Written by TimeNTide

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Documentary | Short






Release Date:

29 April 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

James A. FitzPatrick's Traveltalks: Rural Hungary  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA High Fidelity Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Originally scheduled for release in July 1938. This film was likely pulled and re-edited on account of changing events that year. An earlier Traveltalk on Austria entered theaters just as Hitler took over. See more »


Hungarian Dance No. 5
Music by Johannes Brahms
Played at the dance
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Rural countryside views of Hungary...
23 June 2009 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Another in the James A. FitzPatrick series of travelogues featuring RURAL HUNGARY, one hundred miles from Budapest.

Three-fourths of the country is devoted to agriculture, so we get a series of scenes illustrating the simple country lives of the inhabitants--beginning with washing day at the start of the week where the women come to do clothes and gossip. We see the colorful costumes worn by many of the villagers who make their own clothing.

The big day for wearing their Sunday best involves going to Church (Roman Catholicism is the religion) on Sundays wearing their finest finery. Afterwards, folk singing and dancing and other such festivities often lead to matrimonial matches.

Finally, a visit to the plains where cowboys are tending to horses and cattle. Some of the horses become race horses at the race track and are often winners.

The travelogue ends with a harvest festival where the villagers celebrate a good harvest with their neighbors.

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