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Budapest Noir (2017)

A murder mystery set in Budapest 1936, just as Hungary was preparing to allign itself with Hitler. A young beautiful girl is found dead and noone wants to investigate - except Gordon a ... See full summary »

Director:

Éva Gárdos

Writers:

Vilmos Kondor, András Szekér (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Krisztián Kolovratnik Krisztián Kolovratnik ... Gordon Zsigmond
Réka Tenki Réka Tenki ... Eckhardt Krisztina
János Kulka János Kulka ... Vitéz Szöllõsy András
Adél Kováts Adél Kováts ... Szöllõsyné Irma
Zsolt Anger ... Gellért Andor
Kata Dobó ... Vörös Margó
Franciska Töröcsik Franciska Töröcsik ... Szöllõsy Fanny (as Törõcsik Franciska)
Szabolcs Thuróczy Szabolcs Thuróczy ... Skublics
Zoltán Schneider Zoltán Schneider ... Csuli
Tamás Fodor Tamás Fodor ... Mór
Zoltán Mucsi Zoltán Mucsi ... Vogel
Zoltán Rátóti Zoltán Rátóti ... Kuzma miniszter
Sándor Szûcs Sándor Szûcs ... Dr. Pazár
Mari Nagy Mari Nagy ... Ökrös Teréz
István Hunyadkürthy István Hunyadkürthy ... Mester
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A murder mystery set in Budapest 1936, just as Hungary was preparing to allign itself with Hitler. A young beautiful girl is found dead and noone wants to investigate - except Gordon a crimd reporter who has a gut feeling that things are not what they seem.

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Country:

Hungary

Language:

Hungarian | English

Release Date:

2 November 2017 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Budapeszt Noir See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary See more »

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Budget:

HUF 897,382,877 (estimated)
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Pioneer Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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There is a (beautiful ) Coffee machine, ELEKTRA Micro Casa Semiautomatica which is an espresso machine using pressure (pump) to brew coffee. The movie is set in 1936, but it's only in 1938 that Achille Gaggia started to brew espresso coffee by means of pressure through a piston system (later by mean of a pump) See more »

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Convincing Noir Thriller
13 April 2018 | by PairicSee all my reviews

Budapest Noir: Budapest, October 1936, dark, smokey, misty, it certainly has the feel of Raymond Chandler Noir but a tad colder. The Hungarian Prime Minister Gombos has striven to align Hungary with Hitler's Germany but now returns home in a coffin after dying in Munich. Anti-Semitism is on the rise and a Budapest City Square is named after Hitler. Gordon (Krisztián Kolovratnik) is a reporter on the crime beat rather than a PI but has many of the attributes of Philip marlowe.

A young woman (Franciska Törocsik) is found dead on a street in the red light district, she has no means of identification apart from a Jewish prayer book. Gordon briefly encountered this woman before and is unwilling to just pass the death off as "just" the murder of a prostitute as the police are keen to do. Joined by his former lover, photographer Krisztina (Reká Tenki) he pursues the case with the determination of a detective rather than just a journalist. Krisztina is all too aware of the rising political tension and Anti-Semitism having just returned from Berlin. As the investigation continues Gordon is warned off by the formerly honest police chief Gellert (Zsolt Anger), he is beaten up by thugs, pistol-whipped by a mobster and Krisztina suffers similar indignities, for this case is bringing them closer to the higher echelons of Hungarian political and business circles.. In a scene reminiscent of Casablanca, Gordon beats up fascists in a bar who object to a "Jewish" song, he is involved in a car chase pursued by communists, yes, this is no ordinary murder. But he goes where the evidence takes him.

The Budapest of 1936 is vividly recreated by director Eva Gardos along with cinematographer Elemer Ragalyi and set designer Pater Sparrow. Tight outdoor shots in present day Budapest avoid the necessity of CGI. Beautiful interiors have been crafted with an elite nightclub providing boxing matches between women over dinner and politicians playing cards upstairs, in a high class brothel women may be chosen from a pictorial menu. This contrasts with street corner card games and bare-knuckle boxing in the streets. Adapted from the eponymous novel by Vilmos Kondor, with the screenplay written by Andras Szeker. 8/10


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