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American Torso

Counter/culture - A Feature Film Night

Consulate General of Hungary
| 223 E 52nd St, New York
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
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One of the most outstanding figures of Hungarian cinema and the Béla Balázs Studio, GÁBOR BÓDY continues to exert his influence on filmmakers and film-lovers alike. Being a constant inspiration of cinema through his radical and unconventional approaches in filmmaking, Balassi Institute – Hungarian Cultural Center devotes a special night to one of his best feature films: AMERICAN TORSO. The screening and the following discussion is organized as being part of the Center's Counter/culture programming series, focusing on artistic resistance during State Socialism in Hungary between the Sixties and the Seventies.

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Directed in 1975, the movie brings the viewer back to 1865, when two Hungarian veterans of the Hungarian War of Independence of 1848-1849 meet in the American Civil War. A beautiful and innovative picture, the narrative shaping two different stories focuses on the relationship between different personalities in the middle of changing times: one is based on Ambrose Bierce's short story George Thruston, while the other draws on the Hungarian Revolution of 1848.

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About the Director
Gábor Bódy was a Hungarian film director, screenwriter, theoretic, and occasional actor. A pioneer of experimental filmmaking and film language, he is one of the most important figures of Hungarian cinema. During his university days he became an influential member of the Béla Balázs Stúdió and shot his first film in 1971. He established various experimental and avant-garde projects, reshaping post-war Hungarian film's path. In 1975 he completed his debut feature American Torso (Amerikai Anzix) which has won the Grand Prize for best new filmmaker at International Mannheim Film Festival in 1976 and the Hungarian Film Critics prize for best first film. After completing highly acclaimed feature films like Psyche or Dog’s Night Song, Bódy has died in 1985 under circumstances still not resolved to this day.

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