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Csontváry (1980)

Tivadar Csontváry Kosztka the one-ideaed Hungarian painter was thought to be crazy by his peers, but he eventually became a significant artist.


Zoltán Huszárik


István Császár (screenplay), Péter Dobai | 1 more credit »




Credited cast:
Itschak Fintzi ... Csontváry / Z the actor (as Itzhak Finzi)
István Holl István Holl ... The wacky
Andrea Drahota Andrea Drahota ... Anna
Margit Dajka Margit Dajka ... Mom
Ágnes Bánfalvy Ágnes Bánfalvy ... Lilla
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Judit András Judit András
Samu Balázs Samu Balázs ... Emperor Franz Joseph
Gáspár Ferdinándy Gáspár Ferdinándy
István Fillár István Fillár
Gyula Gerencsér Gyula Gerencsér
Zoi Karandatha Zoi Karandatha
Zsuzsa Kocsák Zsuzsa Kocsák
Margit Lontay Margit Lontay ... Guest woman #2
Eleni Martinelli Eleni Martinelli
László Márkus László Márkus ... A gentleman


Tivadar Csontváry Kosztka the one-ideaed Hungarian painter was thought to be crazy by his peers, but he eventually became a significant artist.

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Zoltán Latinovits was the original choice for the title role, but died before production began. See more »

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In Csontváry,Hungarian director Zoltan Huszarik depicts the life of a major Hungarian artist.
24 September 2014 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

Hungarian film " Csontváry " is about the eponymous artist who gave a new direction to art in Hungary. As it is not a direct biography, what makes this Zoltan Huszarik film special is its insistence on separating the life of an artist as merely an artist from that of a human being. This aspect is depicted by showing Csontváry at his creative best as well as by his being with his family and friends. This film reveals many fascinating aspects of Tivadar Kosztka Csontváry's life especially his emotional turmoil as an artist. Watching this film, one invariably gets the feeling that the turmoil and trauma to which Csontváry was subjected also became an integral part of actor Zoltan Latinovits' life as he died after this film. It is to his memory that this film is dedicated. This film also helps us to learn about art and artists whose objective is to find 'god' through their art. Although it did not have any overt political message, Csontváry did manage to portray the cause of 'socialism' in one of its scenes. Lastly, Csontváry is a film for all cinema and art lovers who wish to learn more about one of Hungarian art's greatest personalities.

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Hungarian | German | Italian | Arabic

Release Date:

2 October 1980 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Csontvary - Lebensbilder eines Malers See more »

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Production Co:

Hunnia Filmstúdió See more »
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Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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