PREVIEW FOR SCREENING OF AN HUNGARIAN MOVIE - DREAMING YOUTH
Dreaming Youth is an appealing film about an adolescent boy growing up innocent
in a sleepy Hungarian town, and his eventual loss of innocence. The year is
1906. Professor Simon Bauer strolls along the promenade with his wife Jenny
and his son Herbert. Bauer is at the center of attention at the moment for he
will deliver a lecture to the nobility of the town. He is already receiving
greetings and congratulations, and young Herbert happily basks in his father's
Herbert suddenly finds another boy Odon, who offers an "alliance" to Herbert,
and this is also the wish of his father. The two boys become friends, and their
games suddenly turn serious. They capture a girl who runs away from the reform
school, and hide her in the "room of friendship". Herbert releases the girl
and therefore Odon splits with him.
In the meantime, the ambitiously organized French circle of Professor Bauer
also dissolves - at one of the meetings Petrol sarcastically recalls the story
of the "ghost island" and connects this with the experience of the 1905 revolution:
"The intellectuals have to choose between compromise and revolution." The shocked
burghers leave the Bauer house and the police warn him to pick his friends more
carefully in the future.
Simon Bauer falls to bed in his isolation and is encouraged by his wife to go
the capital for a thorough examination and ask for help from his old friends.
During his last stroll at the promenade hardly anybody takes notice of him,
and he sees that the friendship of Herbert and Odon has also declined. At the
end of the celebration, the Hungarian students chase the Slovak children and
Odon breaks the window where the children ran for refuge.
Simon Bauer has no more strength, although his quiet and shy wife tries to encourage
him. After the death of the father, mother and son remain alone. A mobile cinema
holds performances in the town. Herbert recognizes the audience on the screen
in great astonishment. Suddenly the world of the little town opens up and the
cinema shows the events of the world. Demonstrations in London and Paris and
pictures of the quelled Russian revolution.
Direction: Janos Rozsa
Please contact Prakash Reddy of the Hyderabad Film Club at 373-0841/373-0265
for further details.