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Csontváry (1980)



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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


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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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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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Stunning Biopic!
22 April 2004 | by arabushkSee all my reviews

I walked into this movie as part of a Hungarian film series years ago and the only thing I knew about it was that the title must be a proper name since the rest of the titles were given in English. It unfolded as a singularly impressive presentation, immensely compelling even if not entirely comprehensible. Produced in the same year as its American cousin "All That Jazz" it presents two stories dealing with both artistic and personal issues of artists. As I eventually found out, Csontvary Kostka Tivadar was a Hungarian painter, and the actor Latinovitsj Zoltan, who was originally slated to play him in the film, committed suicide during the preliminary planning. The movie incorporates both the stories of both by way of a dazzling series of dazzling images incorporating Grecian, Roman, Jewish, Christian, and possibly more traditions of splendor along the way. It features one of the most pungent alienation sequences I've ever seen on film, and also lends an awesome splendor to the artistic calling which is reassuring in a world where this is often swamped and demeaned by commercialism. A great film, highly recommended.

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