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People on the Alps (1942)

Emberek a havason (original title)
Mail author for translation. Kodos hegycsucsok, fekete fenyvesek vilagaban el a havasok nehezsorsu nepe. Csutak Gergely favago nyomorusagos eletet felesege irant erzett nagy szerelme es ... See full summary »


István Szöts


József Nyirö (short stories), István Szöts

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Complete credited cast:
Alice Szellay Alice Szellay ... Anna az asszony
János Görbe ... Erdei Csutak Gergely
Péterke Ferency Péterke Ferency ... Kicsi Gergö (as Ferenci Péterke)
József Bihari József Bihari ... Üdö Márton
Lajos Gárday Lajos Gárday ... Ülkei Ádám
Oszkár Borovszky Oszkár Borovszky ... Intézö
Lenke Egyed Lenke Egyed ... Szobaasszony (as Egyed L.)
Imre Toronyi Imre Toronyi ... Orvos (as Toronyi)
György Kürthy György Kürthy ... Orvostanár (as Kürthy)
János Pásztor János Pásztor ... Favágó (as Pásztor)
Elemér Baló Elemér Baló ... Favágó (as Balló)
Jenö Danis Jenö Danis ... Favágó (as Danis)
Sándor Hidassy Sándor Hidassy ... Utas
Zoltán Makláry Zoltán Makláry ... Kalauz (as Makláry)


Mail author for translation. Kodos hegycsucsok, fekete fenyvesek vilagaban el a havasok nehezsorsu nepe. Csutak Gergely favago nyomorusagos eletet felesege irant erzett nagy szerelme es kisfiuk szuletese szepiti meg. "Magyarorszag megmutatta az utat. Ha az oreg filmrendezoknek, es mar kivenhedt film-osszeeszkabaloknak nincs mas mondanivalojuk, ha az a fajta filmgyartas, amit ok kepviseltek, kifaradt, ha a rendezoi tudomanyuk nehezkes es hazug, tehat korszerutlen, rajta, dolgozzunk nelkuluk!... Hatoljon be mar vegre a mi mutermeinkbe is a havasok dala, az a dal, amelyet Szots Istvan zenditett meg eloszor, s kergesse el a kivenhedt filmelokelosegeket, kalmarokat, es kufarokat a velencei fesztivalokrol is. Hiszunk a fiatalokban, akik igenis meg fogjak vivni, es meg fogjak nyerni a maguk csatajat a filmmuveszetben is." Ezeket az euforikus sorokat Carlo Lizzani 1942-ben irta a filmrol, mely itthon, s kulfol- don egyarant nagy hatast gyakorolt a filmkeszitokre, s a velencei fesztivalon ... Written by Steve Varadi <svaradi@sprynet.com>

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3 January 1957 (Hungary) See more »

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Men on the Mountain See more »

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Hunnia Filmgyár See more »
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1.37 : 1
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This film was nearly destroyed after World War II by the ruling Communist Party which claimed it as "reaction propaganda" and objecting that it won the Biennale Award of the 1942 Venice Film Festival, held in Mussolini's fascist Italy. See more »


Featured in Diary for My Children (1984) See more »

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"How Green was My Valley" has nothing on this
22 August 2017 | by georgekaplan2See all my reviews

This is as good as mid-century poetic melodramas get. A Hungarian film by István Szőts, shot on location (!) in the Transylvanian Alps bordering the Carpathians, "People of the Mountains" is a remarkable historical document, but more importantly, a truly hidden gem of world cinema.

This grim yet breathtakingly beautiful film follows the tragic fate of an illiterate young mountain family and their pre-modern community as they are confronted with the oncoming Capitalist modernity. Though a seemingly predictable motif, for viewers nurtured in Hollywood social and historical melodrama, this film is anything but. In the course of the film, we encounter many remarkable scenes with characters responding to situations in the most surprising manner and in a way no Hollywood character would.

Shot in 1942 in the then Hungarian controlled Transylvania, a territory they received from Romania thanks to the brokering by Nazi-Germany, "People of the Mountains" allows both fascist and socialist readings. It is about an anti-Capitalist social struggle, but it is also an ode to the return to ancient harmony and circularity of time. Yet, the film also resists and defies both ideologies: socialism, with the film's deep and intimate religiosity, its utter disinterest in Marxist progress-cult; fascism, with the film's sympathy toward a small non-national community and its manifest anti- authority and anti-state message. At its core, "People of the Mountains" is a Christian (though paganism-infused) humanist film with a strong anarchist undercurrent. With its motifs of civilizational clash and respect for cultural uniqueness, one is reminded of films by Peter Weir, Sergei Parajanov and Werner Herzog.

Surely, the film is nostalgic, sentimental and emotively driven, but not in a cheap of schematic manner. I assure you, it will make you cry (and also laugh occasionally).

I am not exaggerating by saying that this film should belong to the canon of world classics. And it does not require banal legitimization narratives about how Goebbels hated it and how it functioned as some sort of "resistance" film. This is a film that is worth seeing on its own merits, for its ideas and values that are today largely forgotten since they don't fit with simple mainstream ideological programs of the 20th century. I would recommend "People of the Mountains" to anyone interested in seeing how remarkably differently and unpredictably a mid-century social melodrama about a disappearing community could be made. "How Green was My Valley" has nothing on this.

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