Banned for over a decade for its outspoken criticism of the post-WWII communist regime in Hungary, Péter Bacsó's 'The Witness' has since then achieved unparalleled cult status in its native land. Known as the best satire about communism, 'The Witness' has become a cult classic, which was also well received by critics and general audiences alike when it was finally released outside of Hungary. Its candid and realistic portrayal of the incompetent communist regime has earned great acclaim for both the director and the film itself when it was shown at Cannes Film Festival in 1981. 'The Witness' takes place during the height of the Rákosi Era, which was closely modeled after the ruthless and brutal Stalin regime. The film follows the life of an ordinary dike keeper, József Pelikán, who has been caught for illegally slaughtering his pig, Dezsõ. Instead of doing hard time for his "heinous" crime, Pelikán is elevated into an important position, generally reserved for the communist elite. Of ...
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Director Péter Bacsó
wanted 76 years old singer-legend Hanna Honthy
to appear as herself during the "Csárdáskirálynö" performance scene, but she asked too much money which the film couldn't afford. Instead they only used her prerecorded voice from an LP album. See more
Pelikán József, gátõr
[upon seeing his newly built house
Comrade Virág! No doors? No windows?
Referenced in Ereszd el a szakállamat!
Music by Emmerich Kálmán
Lyrics by Leo Stein
and Béla Jenbach
Performed by Róbert Rátonyi See more