1975. Hungary. Gábor Bódy. 91 min.
Friday, October 23, 2009, 8:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1975. Hungary. Directed by Gábor Bódy. Screenplay by Bódy, based on the story by Ambrose Bierce. With Sándor Csutoros, György Cserhalmi, András Fekete. Béla Tarr calls Bódy’s film “one of the highest mountains in Hungarian film history! [Bódy is] a very beautiful poet of Hungarian faith, history, and loneliness.” Collaged texts excerpted from authentic diaries, a text by Karl Marx, poems by Walt Whitman, and Bierce’s short story combine in a skeletal narrative about three Hungarian officers serving as land surveyors during the American Civil War. A poetic experiment in form, the film uses a special editing process that involves bleaching out the image between scenes and tearing, aging, and overexposing the film stock to mimic the look of a film from the late nineteenth century. In Hungarian; English subtitles. 91 min.