Hanyatt-homlok (1984)

Run Time - 76 min.  |   Countries - Hungary  |  
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In this fast-paced satire, Ferenc Deak (Andras Kern) is a successful Hungarian writer persecuted by the police for reasons that are absurd, and his life goes downhill from there. While Deak is celebrating his most recent award (the Ovidon Prize for literature -- Ovidon is a contraceptive), the police crash his party and take him away to a tribunal where the charges of a murder committed in 1949 are brought against him. It does no good to note that he was born in 1950 -- the sins of the father, says the state, are not only visited on the son, but the son is a viable surrogate for the father's punishment as well. Social satire and spoofs of Hungarian behavior follow in quick succession as Deak's chances for escaping his unjust fate decrease with every passing minute.

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against-the-system, false-accusation, government, murder, oppression, persecution, police, punishment, writing