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.
PFC Molnár decides his WWII services are over, and with serious money hidden in his hand grenades, he heads to an abandoned mansion where he encounters not only the sour butler but a bunch ... See full summary »
The Tót family resides in Northern Hungary. The couple has a daughter and a son, the latter a member of the armed forces. When his weary major is ordered to take a vacation, the son talks ... See full summary »
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.
1552, the great Turkish Empire wants to conquer Europe, and the world. The last stand is Hungarian Kingdom, and the castle of Eger. The brave soldiers decides they will fight till the end of their lifes.
An enthusiastic filmmaker thinks he's come up with a totally original idea: animation set to classical music! When he is informed that some American named "Prisney" (or something) has ... See full summary »
The first scene to be animated was the future space scene, in which Adam is gradually turned into a robot/spacecraft in order to escape Earth, since this was the shortest scene. According to the director, one of the scene's functions was to spoof the science fiction vision of the Star Wars movies. However he also admits that due to the scientific advancements that took place since the scene had been animated, it looks and feels somewhat antiquated now. See more »
The film's scenes were released individually throughout the 1990s and 2000s. These featured different voice actors, for instance Gyula Balázsi in the role of Lucifer and Péter Benkö as Adam. Director Marcell Jankovics referred to the preliminary audio track as erroneous and sounding like a radio play. See more »
Full movie and review on my blog max4movies: Az Ember Tragédiája (international title: The Tragedy of Man) is a Hungarian animation epic about the first man and his search for how to transcend his own existence. The movie draws heavily on Christian mythology (e.g., the Biblical origin story) and Western culture (e.g., Renaissance or Ancient Rome) to present mankind's everlasting struggle for transcending mortality and fighting against the decay of cultural achievements. Thus, the presented themes are complex and for a mature audience who look for a narrative that poses these questions in a clever and sometimes stunningly animated way. Due to the movie's troubled production history, the animation quality differs vastly between the various segments, but most are still stunning and/or animated in a clever way.
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