World War I in Color
is a documentary designed to make the Great War come alive for a 21st-century audience. The events of 1914-18 are authoritatively narrated by Kenneth Branagh, who presents the military and political overview, while interviews with historians add different perspectives in six 48 minute installments annotated within. [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb
on Oct 31, 2013 -
Az utolsó pákász
(The Last Fisherman
) 1977. For those of you who are as into education films of traditional Hungarian fishing techniques as I am.
posted by Think_Long
on Jul 7, 2013 -
The status of Roma in Hungary has been brought into sharp focus with a controversial article
[link in Hungarian] by prominent ruling-party FIDESZ member, Zsolt Bayer, in which he says, "a significant part of the Roma are unfit for co-existence. They are not fit to live among people. These Roma are animals and they behave like animals." The Guardian reports
on the growing anger at the article, The Hungarian Spectrum
, and well-known poet and translator of Hungarian literature George Szirtes
weigh in with English translations of some of Bayer’s article. Many leading Hungarian politicians condemn
posted by vac2003
on Jan 11, 2013 -
In 2004, Gurgen Margaryan (from Armenia) and Ramil Safarov (from Azerbaijan) were in Budapest attending a NATO-sponsored language training. While Margaryan was sleeping, Safarov hacked him to death with an axe. Safarov, who never denied his culpability and stated he only committed the crime because Margaryan was Armenian, was sentenced to life in prison in 2006. [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg
on Sep 10, 2012 -
October 14, 2010: A breach
at a bauxite processing plant spilled a million cubic meters of red sludge across the countryside near Ajka, Hungary, killing nine people. Six months later, photographer Palíndromo Mészáros took photos of the disaster site, abandoned save for The Red Line
. (via) [more inside]
posted by googly
on Jul 16, 2012 -
On 1 January Hungary's new Constitution came into effect which, amongst other things, entrenches the power
of the current ruling party, FIDESZ, and enshrines social issues such as the right of the unborn child. Many so-called cardinal laws have been passed in Parliament which requires a 2/3 majority to change.
The president of the EU, José Barroso wrote
to the Hungarian Prime Minister, Victor Orbán, requesting a rethink of two such laws which impact the political independence to the Central Bank. This was
by the Hungarian government.
Economically things are tough with Hungary requesting
additional IMF assistance but they withdrew
from informal talks, citing concern over the independence of the central bank. Hungary's debt was downgraded
to junk status with rating agencies citing concerned at the relationship with the IMF. [more inside]
posted by vac2003
on Jan 3, 2012 -
Orbán's concept of moral renewal and economic rehabilitation for Hungary has several tenets: Those without work are to be given work; those who are already working should work more in the future, but without being paid more; in the interest of the country's "stability," those who hold political power today should be allowed to remain in office for as long as possible; and those who once had power and did not use it for the benefit of the people should now be punished.
"Supporters of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán say he has a strict leadership style, while critics warn of the threat of forced political conformity, Jew-baiting and labor camps. Meanwhile, the European Union is saying nothing, apparently accepting the fact that a member state is getting out of control
posted by Jasper Friendly Bear
on Aug 20, 2011 -
Wherever you go, H
The nightmarish and psychedelic
1976 children's movie Hugo the Hippo
features a score of hippos who save the port of Zanzibar from "cap-wearing sharks decked out with biker jewelry"
, only to be massacred by the Sultan's greenish advisor (voiced by Paul Lynde
), leaving poor Hugo an orphan. The soundtrack
[flash player] includes songs by Burl Ives (as the titular hungry hippo
and Marie Osmond
, and the Ken Williams Quartet. There is no official DVD release, but the Hugo fansite
has some options for obtaining the movie, and it's available on Youtube [links above]
. The story
is based on a real Hugo the Hippo, who terrorized farmers near Dar es Salaam
: "Game workers dug a 7-ft. pit along Hugo's dinner trail, lowered a big wooden crate into it, covered the top with branches, and baited it with three succulent pumpkins, Hugo's favorite dessert."
, the color designer responsible for The Simpson's unique hues
, is a Hugo alumnus from the Hungarian animation company PannóniaFilm
Previously on AskMe: 1, 2
posted by benzenedream
on Aug 9, 2011 -
is a collection of 4973 found amateur photos sourced mainly in Budapest. Pick a year and browse - photos are organized in chronological order from 1900 to 1990, accessible via a slider. "Users are encouraged to use, copy, send to friends, clip or paste the photos, which are free
for they are not our property." (via Szanalmas, sometimes nsfw)
posted by madamjujujive
on Aug 29, 2010 -
First there was the
State Language Act
observers claim discriminates against the significant Hungarian minority in Slovakia. The Slovaks were predictably
. The issue isn't
though. Relations soured further when the Slovaks recently
to the Hungarian President. Clearly, there is much
posted by vac2003
on Aug 31, 2009 -
Colour on the Thames
is a 7 minute film shot in 1935 using Gasparcolor
, one of the many early forms of tinting black and white film. Beside Colour on the Thames
, which provides a wonderful view of 1930's England, the only film made in Gasparcolor I could find online was Colour Flight
by New Zealand artist Len Lye, an abstract cartoon set to instrumental 1930's pop music. The story of Gasparcolor
is in itself interesting, for instance touching on Nazis, Hungary between the wars and early color animation.
posted by Kattullus
on Jan 27, 2009 -
The Roma Journeys
- contemporary photographs of Roma life in Hungary, India, Greece, Romania, France, Russia, and
Finland by Joakim Eskildsen. For more photo essays and info on the Roma, see two superb prior posts by plep
posted by madamjujujive
on Nov 15, 2007 -
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution
. A key documentary artifact of the uprising is Magyarország lángokban (Hungary in Flames)
[embedded .wmv], partly composed of footage shot by two young film school students using whatever equipment they could find. Narrowly avoiding capture by the Communists, the duo smuggled 10,000 feet of film out of the country in spare tires and potato sacks; there's much more to the story, but better to hear Vilmos tell it in his own words
. [.rm] Eventually, they made their way to America, where László Kovács, ASC
(Five Easy Pieces
, Ghost Busters
) and Vilmos Zsigmund, ASC
(Close Encounters of the Third Kind
) became two of the most prolific cinematographers in Hollywood history. [more inside]
posted by milquetoast
on Aug 8, 2006 -
How do you say, "I have a gub" in Hungarian?
(registration or video viewing required) Attila Ambrus, the handsome, courtly Whiskey Robber of Budapest, shares his tale with Salon, and what a yarn it is! After fleeing his native Romania beneath a train, Ambrus was variously a pelt-smuggler, Zamboni-wrangler, world-class hockey failure, gravedigger, and dog-walker, until he found his true calling in 1993: relieving banks of their cash. Then
the story gets interesting, involving bad disguises, flowers for the bank tellers, a nervous stomach, a prison break via knotted bedclothes, and pursuit by his own Lieut. Columbo. It all added up to folk heroism for "Chicky Panther," until they put him away in Hungary's maximum security slammer, where he languishes today. Now he's talking, and Hollywood's listening.
posted by rob511
on Dec 23, 2005 -
'Falling in love with the truth'.
On Dec. 10, 1956, exactly one month after Soviet troops crushed the last hopes of the Hungarian Revolution
, 13-year-old Sylvia Plachy
lay hidden in a farm cart that was carrying her toward the Austrian border. That night, Plachy and her parents escaped, finally making their way to the United States. The family settled in Queens, New York, where the teenager grew up to become one
of the most incisive photographers
of her generation
Many of the photographs
will be displayed this spring at the Rose Gallery
in Los Angeles, and are on view now at New York's Hunter Fox Gallery
, where Plachy (scroll down)
recently talked about the book and her career. Her pictures
"have to do with what memory looks like,' she explains. "How you remember things. Not so much how they are, but how they get translated." Oh, she's Adrien Brody's mom
and she uses
posted by matteo
on Feb 8, 2005 -
[Flash]. Having survived two terror regimes, it was felt that the time had come for Hungary to erect a fitting memorial to the victims, and at the same time to present a picture of what life was like for Hungarians in those times.
A tour of the Terror Musuem at 60 Andrássy út in Budapest. After the introduction, proceed to the Exhibition link.
posted by Wolfdog
on Feb 7, 2005 -
The European Union welcomes 10 new members!
As I write this, the celebrations have started as Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia become members of the EU today.
While some folks are gonna party like crazy
, others are warning of doom and gloom
What do you think? Will this have significant effects on global culture, politics, and economics - or will it merely represent a paper change within the rarefied world of European diplomats, with little other than localized effects on day to day life?
posted by MidasMulligan
on Apr 30, 2004 -