A Dokumentator (1989)

Genres - Avant-garde / Experimental  |   Countries - Hungary  |  
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

A Dokumentator (The Documentator) is a rambling commentary/critique on modern Hungary. Filmmakers Gyorgy Szalai and Istvan Darday combine film and video techniques to detail the story of a fictional character who does exactly the same thing. Our hero not only goes about filming scenes for a potential documentary; he also tapes and markets pornography, turning a brisk profit. Janos Agoston plays the protagonist, significantly nicknamed "Rambo". A Dokumentator bears some of the stylistic grace-marks of experimental director Peter Timar, who served as cinematographer. A warning to the casual viewer: though this film is most compelling, it also runs nearly four hours!



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