In the turmoilous 18th century, young poor Hungarian aristocrat Jonas helps Szaffi, a young pretty gypsy Romani girl and the illegitimate daughter of a Turkish pasha, get the treasure that's owed to her by the right of inheritance.
A farcical retelling of Snow White. Disillusioned Snow White isn't all that pretty or cute, her friends dwarfs aren't all that hospitable, her evil stepmother is an alcoholic and prince charming likes the ladies too much.
Divided into four sections, "Song" is inspired by the Siberian and Finno-Ugric legends about Creation, in which the world begins with characters who are only half-human, one being half-bird, the other half-bear.
Among the aged master painter Wang-Fô's impeccable paintings, exists a mediocre and unflattering portrait of the pale Celestial Emperor that has merited him execution, nevertheless, how is this possible?
The film is an artistically spare depiction of the Greek myth of Sysiphus, sentenced to eternally roll a stone up a mountain. The story is presented in a single, unbroken shot, consisting ... See full summary »
Piel, a 7 or 8 year old boy, is alone on the desert planet Perdide, only survivor of an attack by giant hornets. Calling for help, Piel's father's friend Jaffar keeps contact with the kid ... See full summary »
The few-minute long episodes consisted of simple stories in which the rabbit with checkered ears helped one or more of the series' other main characters, four children called Kriszta (... See full summary »
Reflecting on the movie in his 2007 autobiography, Jankovics claimed that its troubled production drained him of all his energy. He repeatedly had to clash with the censors and studio heads, and distributing the finished film also proved difficult. He admitted the movie wasn't as polished as it could have been, and there are at least 30 minutes of the finished film that he would redo from scratch. He also thought he and his colleagues should have fought harder against the censors to bring their original vision to screen. Despite these hurdles, he was amazed it got completed at all, and although the movie under-performed at the box office, he was happy with its attendance, since creating a blockbuster hit was never his goal. In a 1988 article, Jankovics said he didn't like watching the film, as it reminded him of the troubled production. His opinion has changed over time, and in a 2017 interview, he considered it his most accomplished feature-length work. See more »
Kömorzsoló and Vasgyúró have bare genitalia when wrestling with Fanyüvö (briefly seen when the latter lifts them up), but at the end of the film, as they run toward him after meeting the princesses, they suddenly have pubic hair. See more »
Before the credits begin scrolling, a looped animation of Fanyüvö walking amidst a smoggy, polluted cityscape is played while various eerie, "technological" noises play on the soundtrack. This segment, referencing the 12-headed city dragon Fanyüvö fought in the film, carries an anti-pollution message, and according to the director, it is the most important part of the movie. See more »
This is remarkable just for going so far out on a limb in terms of feature animation--an entire movie (Hungarian yet!) of sort of Peter Max-type psychedelic visuals in almost blinding day-glo colors. If you were to watch it very stoned on a big screen, it would probably be an incredible experience. Watched sober on a smaller screen, it's basically 80 minutes of very pretty, groovy graphics that are nonetheless somewhat monotonous in impact. The style is a lot like vintage 60s/70s poster art, more about creating a striking design than providing any detailed sense of character or story. So the heroes' quest (based on Hungarian folk tales) is not very involving or exciting, even when they combat dragons--everything is tastefully (if also eye-poppingly) abstract, the protagonists are not much more expressive than stick figures. "White Mane" is a singular achievement, and I'm glad it was made. But it's easier to admire than to love.
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