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Rural Hungary (1939)

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


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James A. FitzPatrick ...
Narrator (voice) (uncredited)


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






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29 April 1939 (USA)  »

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James A. FitzPatrick's Traveltalks: Rural Hungary  »

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(RCA High Fidelity Recording)



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1.37 : 1
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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. 6
Music by Johannes Brahms
Played when the peasants are on their way to the dance
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3 July 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Rural Hungary (1939)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

MGM's TravelTalks series with James A. FitzPatrick heads to Hungary where we learn that three-fourths of the land is all agriculture. Also on hand is how people go to church on Sunday as well as seeing how they wash their clothing. We also see some festive folk dancing and a harvest festival. This is another decent entry in the series, which is no better or worse than the many other places visited by FitzPatrick and his camera. The best part of this short for me was all the stuff dealing with the cowboys and their way of life, which basically has them living off the land and taking care of various animals including cows and sheep. Seeing their small lives was very interesting and made for some nice entertainment. The Technicolor once again really brings the locations to life.

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