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People on the Alps (1943)

Emberek a havason (original title)
A woodcutter moves his wife and son onto a mountain for an attempt at a better life but tragedy soon sets in.


István Szöts


József Nyirö (short stories), István Szöts
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »




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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Voted as one of the "12 Best Hungarian Films" ("New Budapest 12") by Hungarian filmmakers and critics in 2000. See more »


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

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Restored Hungarian masterpiece
11 September 2016 | by t-dooley-69-386916See all my reviews

Made in Hungary in 1942 by István Szöts, this was banned as being 'Communist propaganda' by Joseph Goebbels – yet still managed to win awards. It tells the simple story of a woodcutter living in the Alps of Transylvania with his wife and small son. They seem to live in an idyll where they carve an existence from nature but are happy in so doing – living in harmony with all that surrounds them. Then a lumber business turns up and says it now owns all the land and they have to leave or pay exorbitant rents.

He chooses to work for the lumber company, but the Manager has an eye on his wife and intends to have what he wants. Thus will be set in motion a train of events more far reaching than any could have foreseen.

Now this was shot mostly on location and often in the harshest of conditions. He used mostly non actors to aim for authenticity and I think he has pretty much nailed it. This is a slow tale though and as I said is simple. It is also part social commentary, part eco awareness and a truly moving tale of love. It is also beautifully shot in black and white and is engaging almost from the first scene. It was restored in 2014 and it is so good that it was. This is part of our collective history – both cinematic and actual and also a true work of art.

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29 January 1943 (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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