The Angel of Budapest
- TV Movie
The real story of Angel Sanz-Briz, the Spanish Embassy diplomat in Budapest, who in 1944 acting on their own saved more than 5,000 Jews from the Holocaust. To get it granted them passports a... Read allThe real story of Angel Sanz-Briz, the Spanish Embassy diplomat in Budapest, who in 1944 acting on their own saved more than 5,000 Jews from the Holocaust. To get it granted them passports and visas stating that Sephardic Jews were entitled to Spanish nationality to be descendant... Read allThe real story of Angel Sanz-Briz, the Spanish Embassy diplomat in Budapest, who in 1944 acting on their own saved more than 5,000 Jews from the Holocaust. To get it granted them passports and visas stating that Sephardic Jews were entitled to Spanish nationality to be descendants of Sephardic Jews expelled by the Catholic Monarchs, although the 5,200 Jews whose life ... Read all
- Eva Lang
- (as Sára Herrer)
This exciting flick in ¨The Schindler's list¨ style contains intense drama , emotion , thrills , chills , violence , and ordinary Nazi brutalities . The German atrocities are depicted matter of factly as a by-product of sheer Nazi evil . The highlights of the movie are the thrilling as well as stirring scenes happen on the train station as when Jose Santos Briz attempts to save a lot of Jewishes . Well shot on location in Budapest , due to the sensitive nature of the story . Excellent performances from main starring Francis Lorenzo who uses his powerful physique and intelligence as a protective buffer ; Ana Fernández as Sra. Tourné , she is watchable as a good Jewish as well as Briz's helper . And Aron Oze as infamous Nazi chief Adolf Eichmann who personifies perfectly evil . Evocative as well as colorful cinematography by Hungarian Nyika Jancsó . Atmospheric and appropriate musical score by Mario De Benito . In the picture appears historical characters who had an important role on the sad deeds such as Raoul Wallemberg (Iván Fenyö) , a Swedish diplomat who also saved thousands of Jews and disappeared when Stalin's troops entered in Hungary ; Monsignore Angelo Rotta (László Áron) ; Giorgo Perlasca (Aldo Sebastianelli) who escaped to the Spanish embassy in Budapest using his old safe conduct and becoming a Spanish citizen, changing name and posed as a Spanish Ambassador when Angel Briz went out to Spain ; Miklos Horthy as Hungary ruler Admiral , collaborating Szalasy who took power over Hungary and the leader Nazi Veesenmayer (Tamás Sághy) and , of course , Adolf Eichmann (Áron Öze) in charge of Jewish transport trains .
This moving TV picture well directed by Luis Oliveros was based on real events , these are the followings : Ángel Sanz-Briz (Zaragoza, September 28, 1910 - Rome, June 11, 1980) was a Spanish professional diplomat of the Francoist Spain during World War II who helped save thousands of Hungarian Jews from Nazi persecution. After studying law, his first diplomatic posting was to Cairo. He was sent to Budapest in 1942 where he was helped by Giorgio Perlasca, an Italian veteran of the Spanish Civil War, with saving the lives of 5,200 Jews from the Holocaust by issuing them fake Spanish papers; as Spain was neutral in the war, this made the difference between life and death for those Jews. In 1944, as the Red Army approached Budapest, he was ordered to leave for Switzerland . When Briz , the Spanish consul, is removed, Perlasca immediately substitutes him, like if he was officially appointed from Spanish authorities . After that time Perlasca continued his labor with fake documents , posing as the Spanish Ambassador after Spain closed down their embassy . . After these events, Sanz Briz continued his diplomatic career: he was posted to San Francisco and Washington DC, Lima, Bern, Bayonne, Guatemala, The Hague, Brussels and China (1973, where he became the first Spanish ambassador). In 1976 he was sent to Rome as Ambassador of Spain before the Holy See, where he died on June 11, 1980. Sanz Briz himself tells how he was able to save the lives of so many Jews, in Federico Ysart's book Jews in Spain (1973). In 1991, he was recognized by the Holocaust Museum Yad Vashem of Israel, and gave his heirs the title of Righteous Among the Nations. In 1994 the Hungarian government gave him the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary.
- Feb 2, 2015