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It Happened in Europe (1948)

Valahol Európában (original title)
A band of runaways and orphans of the war scour the countryside in search of food and shelter. They invade and then taken in by a musician and former concert pianist who's hiding out in a ... See full summary »

Director:

Géza von Radványi (as Géza Radványi)

Writers:

Béla Balázs, Géza von Radványi (as Géza Radványi)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Artúr Somlay Artúr Somlay ... Piotr Simon, the old man (as Artur Somlay)
Miklós Gábor ... Hosszú
Zsuzsa Bánki Zsuzsa Bánki ... Éva (as Zsuzsa Bánky)
György Bárdy György Bárdy ... Police Commissioner
László Horváth László Horváth ... Kuksi
István Rozsos István Rozsos
László Kemény László Kemény
Abraham Ronai Abraham Ronai ... Ficsur (as András Rónay)
György Bodó György Bodó
Károly Bicskey Károly Bicskey
András Tollas András Tollas
Endre Harkányi Endre Harkányi
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Storyline

A band of runaways and orphans of the war scour the countryside in search of food and shelter. They invade and then taken in by a musician and former concert pianist who's hiding out in a ruined castle. After the initial altercation between them the gang accepts his guidance and he wins their respect by protecting them from the elements. However, disgruntled townsfolk want to chase away the gang who has been - in their search for survival - laying waste to their crops. A battle ensues ending in the death of a little boy - and resolution. Written by by Laszlo Hege <mozgofilms@yahoo.com>

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Drama

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Details

Country:

Hungary

Language:

Hungarian

Release Date:

19 November 1948 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

It Happened in Europe See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

MAFIRT See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

Kuksi: What are you writing?
Piotr Simon, the old man: Sheet.
Kuksi: What's the use of that?
Piotr Simon, the old man: That makes music.
Kuksi: And what's the use of that?
Piotr Simon, the old man: Huh, you can ask me some very hard questions. How do I say? If something hurts you that very much, or something is so beautiful that it cannot be told by words, then it is told by this way.
[begins to play the piano]
Piotr Simon, the old man: It is heard more easily, you understand?
Kuksi: No.
Piotr Simon, the old man: Listen to me. There was once a young man in a far-far away land somewhere in France, who would have a lots of things to say to the people. ...
[...]
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Soundtracks

Oh! Susanna
(uncredited)
Music by Stephen Foster
Sung by the children while running amok in the house
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just awful
24 February 2014 | by nihaoma-2See all my reviews

Ugh, I hated this movie! It's a crappy communistic propaganda, nothing else.

The old wise man is teaching the kids humanism and French revolution, even though this movie was done after the Russians invaded Hungary (I'm sorry, "freed" us), and stayed here for almost 50 years. So you can imagine how much freedom we had here! The Russian army raped over 100 thousand women in the country in '44. They killed a lot of civilians too.

Besides, the movie is full of editing mistakes. There is barely any story here, just not obnoxious kids and grownups. Shitty music score as well. I can't understand how can they consider this as one of the best Hungarian movies?

Do not watch it if you don't want to be brainwashed.


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