Merry-Go-Round

1955/B&W/103 mins/HUNGARY




Category Centenary Tribute
Director Zoltan Fabri
Producer Gyorgy Zombory
Screenplay Zoltan Fabri, Laszlo Nadasdy
Cinematography Barnabas Hegyi
Editor Ferencne Szecsenyi
Music Gyorgy Ranki
Set Zoltan Fabri
Costume Alice Kolcsey
Cast Adam Szirtes (Farkas)
Bela Barsi (Pataki)
Imre Soos (Mate)
Manyi Kiss (Mme Pataki)
Mari Torocsik (Mari, leur fille)
Sandor Suka.
Production Company Mafilm, Mokep
World Sales Trans Lux
Festival/Awards Cannes, 1956; "Budapest tizenketto" Award, Hungary 1968

In a rural scenery in the throes of difficult changes, lives a humble but promising young farmer girl called Mari Pataki. Her father forbids her from seeing the man she loves. The father, above all preoccupied by work on the fields and prospective wealth, decides to give his daughter in marriage to an old but rich man with whom he does business. Land marries land, he says. This seems to be the unyielding rule of the Hungarian peasantry. But the young lover is ready to stand up to any challenge to keep Mari's love.

Director:
Zoltan Fabri
In his hometown, he studied painting and decoration at the Academy of fine arts, and interpretation at the Academy of dramatic art. He graduated in 1941, his first steps in the world of the spectacle gave as production designer and director in a small theatre company. He worked as artistic director in the production company Mafilm, one of the most important in Hungary after the second world war. He made his debut as a director with the film Gyarnat to fold Alatt (1951). Critical filmmaker with the institutions and customs of his country, his figure was used by the Hungarian Government to improve its image abroad during the years of the cold war. His cinema is rife with ironic references and deliberate social character.For years he combined his work as director with documentaries for television. He was work of Professor at the Academy of theater and film in Budapest. His best-known work outside Hungary is Requiem (1982), which won the silver bear for best screenplay of the Berlin film festival. He died of a heart attack in 1994.

Selected Filmography:
1951: Gyarnat to fold Alatt (Co-Director).
1952: Vihar.
1954: Eletjiel.
1955: Korhinta (and co-writer).
1956: Hannibal tanar ur (and co-writer).
1957: Bolond aprilis.
1959: Edes Anna (and co-writer); Duvad (and co-writer).
1961: Ket felid pokolban (and screenwriter).
1963: Nappali sotetseg.
1964: Husz ora.
1966: Utoszezon.
1968: A Pal utcai fiuk (and co-writer).
1971: Hangyaboly (and co-writer).
1972: Plusz minusz egy nap (and screenwriter).
1974: the unfinished sentence (and screenwriter).
1976: Az otodik pecset (and screenwriter).
1977: Hungarian (and screenwriter).
1979: Balint Fablan talalkozasa istennel (and argument and screenwriter).
1982: Requiem (and screenwriter).
1983: Gyertek a nevnaponra.