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The Tragedy of Man (2011)

Az ember tragédiája (original title)
Adam's and Eve's epic journey throughout history trying to find the meaning of human life. Do we grow in wisdom as centuries pass, or just drift towards an inevitable doom?


Marcell Jankovics


Marcell Jankovics, Imre Madách (play)




Credited cast:
Gyula Balázsi Gyula Balázsi ... (voice) (archive footage)
Péter Benkö Péter Benkö ... (voice) (archive footage)
Ágnes Bertalan Ágnes Bertalan ... Éva (voice)
Péter Blaskó Péter Blaskó ... Catullus / Éva szeretöje / Márki / Nyegle (voice)
Ferenc Borbiczky Ferenc Borbiczky ... Második a népböl / Második polgár / Korcsmáros (voice)
Gyula Buss Gyula Buss ... (voice) (archive footage)
János Bácskai János Bácskai ... Szeretö társa / Második gyáros / Cassius (voice)
László Csurka László Csurka ... Krispos / Egy barát / Sans-culotte / Részeg munkás / Luther (voice)
Gábor Csíkos Gábor Csíkos ... (voice) (archive footage)
Iván Dengyel Iván Dengyel ... Harmadik a népböl / Harmadik bizánci / Hamis koldus (voice)
Andrea Fullajtár Andrea Fullajtár ... Cluvia / Második polgárlány / Szajha (voice)
Géza D. Hegedüs Géza D. Hegedüs ... (voice) (archive footage)
Barbara Hegyi Barbara Hegyi ... Hippia / Elsö polgárlány (voice)
István Koncz István Koncz ... Elsö demagóg / Elsö csuhás / Második báb / Egy árus / Egy falanszterpolgár (voice)
Péter Korbuly Péter Korbuly ... Géphang (voice)
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Adam's and Eve's epic journey throughout history trying to find the meaning of human life. Do we grow in wisdom as centuries pass, or just drift towards an inevitable doom?

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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 »

Alternate Versions

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 »


References The Seven Year Itch (1955) See more »

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A beautiful but highly philosophical movie
22 December 2019 | by max4movieSee all my reviews

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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