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The Fifth Seal (1976)

Az ötödik pecsét (original title)
In Budapest in 1944, a watchmaker, a book seller and a carpenter are drinking in a bar with the owner,when they are joined by a stranger. The watchmaker asks a hypothetical question that will change their lives.

Director:

Zoltán Fábri

Writers:

Zoltán Fábri, Ferenc Sánta (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lajos Öze Lajos Öze ... Gyuricza Miklós (as Õze Lajos)
László Márkus László Márkus ... Király László
Ferenc Bencze ... Béla
Sándor Horváth Sándor Horváth ... Kovács János
István Dégi István Dégi ... Keszei Károly
Zoltán Latinovits Zoltán Latinovits ... Civilruhás
Gábor Nagy Gábor Nagy ... Szõke hajú
György Bánffy György Bánffy ... Magas
József Vándor József Vándor ... Macák
Noémi Apor Noémi Apor ... Kovácsné
Ildikó Pécsi Ildikó Pécsi ... Irén
Marianna Moór Marianna Moór ... Lucy (as Moór Mariann)
Rita Békés Rita Békés ... Erzsi
György Cserhalmi ... Haldokló kommunista
Gábor Kiss Gábor Kiss ... Õr
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In Budapest in 1944, a watchmaker, a book seller and a carpenter are drinking in a bar with the owner,when they are joined by a stranger. The watchmaker asks a hypothetical question that will change their lives.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | War

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An Intriguing and Universal Film
24 October 2017 | by pocketg99See all my reviews

What hypothetical question could be compelling enough to spawn an entire film? I watched this movie because I wanted to know.

The Good: The hypothetical is really very compelling. Furthermore, it is discussed in a way that reveals its subtlety rather than coming back to the same sticking point over and over. The characters in this film are vivid and well portrayed. The setting is also surprisingly rich. This is important because a lot of this movie takes place in the same place. I was somewhat worried that this movie would just be people sitting around a table talking. That is more or less the case, but it works out nicely. The proceedings are intellectually and spatially dynamic. I was also a bit worried that I wouldn't really be able to understand the film without having the proper cultural context. This turned out not to be much of an issue. I may have missed some things, but you can enjoy this film knowing only that its set in some country that is at war.

The Bad: A large part of this movie is people sitting around a table talking. Like I said, I found this to be interesting, but it isn't particularly exciting. It isn't inconceivable that some people might find this movie to be boring. I should also mention that I found the final act, a drastic departure from the rest of the film, to be contrived.

Overall: This is an interesting movie. Stark and intellectually engaging, the film is surprisingly powerful and surprisingly universal.


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Country:

Hungary

Language:

Hungarian

Release Date:

7 October 1976 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

The Fifth Seal See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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