Hungarian film 1929-1947: national identity, anti-Semitism and popular cinema

Gergely, Gabor (2017) Hungarian film 1929-1947: national identity, anti-Semitism and popular cinema. Eastern European Screen Cultures . Amsterdam University Press, Amsterdam. ISBN 9789462980761

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What is Hungarian? was the key question that exercised interwar Hungary. The trauma of the punitive peace of 1918 sent the country searching for its true identity. Films were seen as part of the cultural discourse responsible for the shaping of national identity. As talkies took off, audiences, filmmakers, critics and officials began to question the Hungary they saw on screen. The debate escalated quickly: was the Hungary familiar from the screens also familiar from ‘real’ life? Was Hungarian cinema truly Hungarian? Could Jews be Hungarian? The answers proposed were that the films were Jewish, and to be Hungarian was to be not Jewish. It was decided that Hungarian cinema should become purely Hungarian in terms of financing, personnel and profits. Acts of Parliament were passed to ban Jewish Hungarians from above-the-line roles. This nominally racially pure Hungarian industry produced over 200 films in 1938-44. This book tells the story of Hungarian sound cinema (1931-44), and the debates that shaped and distorted screen representations of Hungary, up to 1944, using original interdisciplinary research based on a fresh look at the film texts, their context of production, and the critical canon.

Keywords:Hungary, National Cinema, Anti-Semitism, Popular Film, Nationalism
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P303 Film studies
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Film & Media > Lincoln School of Film & Media (Film)
ID Code:25849
Deposited On:01 Feb 2017 18:11

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