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Hungary

A Bibo Reader.

A film by Peter Forgacs. Presents a found footage essay featuring home movies and photographs of the philosopher Istvan Bibo, who served time in prison for supplying Jews with fake documents during the Holocaust and was one of the leaders of the 1956 Hungarian revolution. The sensitive rendering of Bibo's social and historical analysis, the meditative texts and images pace the piece from one contemplative state to the next. 2001. 69 min.

Bartos Family: The Father and Three Sons.

A film by Peter Forgacs. Having carefully collected home movies, from the early 20th century through the thirties and forties, Forgacs renders a lyrical portrait of the Bartos family in Budapest, Hungary. The small rituals and events of this bourgeois family provide a view of the bridging of an age and culture, creating a mirror that reflects the face of private and official history. The Hungarian Quisling government looted the rich family and WWII and later Communism eventually completely destroyed their wealth. 1988. 60 min.

Bourgeois Dctionary.

A film by Peter Forgacs. Having carefully collected home movies filmed in Hungary, particularly from the thirties and forties, Forgacs explores the historical and the cultural via the private. In Bourgeois dictionary he examines the tragic fate of those who lie at the silent heart of books and films produced in the post-communist moment. "I wanted neither to be sentimental, nor to construct worlds only of those under repression and segregation. I don't know how I would behave in such circumstances .. the account is there, you have to face it ...

Class Lot

A film by Peter Forgacs. Filmed from 1946-1971, continues the history of the Hungarian Jewish family of businessman and musician Gyorgy Peto introduced in the film "Free fall." After World War II Gyorgy returns from captivity in Russia and his daughter is born. He continues to manage the family bank until 1949, date of the first nationalizations, and then finds employment in a national orchestra.

Dusi and Jenot.

A film by Peter Forgacs. Originally shot between 1936 and 1966 by Jeno, a banker living in Budapest, the film shootings are of he and his wife and dog but it also presents the City of Budapest itself, in snow, fog and rain, with photography of sensual accuracy. In the midst of this peaceful landscape, Nazi troops, bombardments, flechees Crosses, and Jewish work camps cross the images of Jeno. This film is a poem, which sets up a breathtaking memorial to the vanishing representatives of the Hungarian middle class. 1989. 45 min.

Either - Or

A film by Peter Forgacs. Having carefully collected home movies, particularly from the thirties and forties, Forgacs renders lyrical portraits of bourgeois families, mostly from Budapest. The families find protection from the terrors of socialism in the private sphere and the ancient human dramas, while in civil life everything goes on even if they do not see what they look at. 1989. 43 min.

Ethnic Fault Lines

The first segment tracks the influence of old ethnic hatreds and fears through the rise of neo-Nazi groups targeting Jews and gypsies which threaten human rights in Hungary. The second segment previews film entries in the 1993 Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Segment from the television program Rights & wrongs broadcast May 5, 1993. 27 min.

Free Fall

A film by Peter Forgacs. Beginning in 1938 through home movies taken by musician and businessman Gyorgy Peto, shows how this Hungarian Jewish family from the city of Szeged, suppressed the fearful signs of threatening evidences of forthcoming massacre. As the illusions of this Jewish Hungarian family are eroded step-by-step, their happy, banal moments are framed against a recitation of anti-Jewish laws in Hungary during the Nazi era and descriptions of the deportation of Hungarian Jews. 1996. 75 min.

Hungary: Pushing the Limits.

Shows Los Angeles builder Dezso Biczo, who fought in the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, returning to his native Hungary in 1986 for the first time since the revolt. Through Biczo's eyes, the film examines the many changes which have occurred since he left and describes the economic reform which allows Hungary a better standard of living than other Eastern bloc nations. 1986. 60 min.

Kadar's Kiss.

A film by Peter Forgacs. Gleaned from found footage and home movies and assembled by Peter Forgacs, this film presents an exploration of the terrain of "everyday erotics" during the post-WWII Communist regime in Hungary.

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