'People on the Mountain (Szots, 1941): Humanist Drama or Nationalist Propaganda?'
|Dates:||28 November 2013|
|Times:||16:30 - 16:30|
|What is it:||Lecture|
|Organiser:||School of Arts, Languages and Cultures|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Adults, Current University students, General public|
|Speaker:||Dr Gabor Gergely|
Emberek a havason/People on the Mountain (Szots István, 1941) is a film about a poor mountain family struggling against disease, poverty and the cruelty of those who do not understand their way of life. Critics have hailed its use of real locations, simple style and understated storytelling, and have argued that it took inspiration from Soviet socialist realism, and anticipated the Italian neorealist movement. This paper will contextualize the film to show that celebrations of the film’s humanity and claims of its position apart from the ideologically inflected films of the period are misplaced. The paper will demonstrate that People on the Mountain makes use of a radical nationalist discourse which claimed for Hungarians precedence in Transylvania, and denied the right of other peoples in the ethnically diverse region to contest that claim.
Dr Gabor Gergely
Organisation: The University of Manchester
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