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(aka "Emberek a havason" or "Men on the Mountain" or "People on the Alps")


directed by István Szöts
Hungary 1942


Little-seen outside of its native Hungary and the Venice Film Festival (Vittorio de Sica and Cesare Zavattini have cited the film as a model for Italian neorealism although beatific and anguished shots of the characters seem themselves inspired by THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC), István Szöts' PEOPLE OF THE MOUNTAIN plays like a film noir in a pastoral setting. The idyllic existence of Carpathian mountain woodcutter Gergö (János Görbe, THE ROUND-UP), his wife Anna (stage actress Alice Szellay), and their young son Little Gergö (Péterke Ferency) - not to mention that of every other mountain woodcutter and herdsman - is shattered when the land that they regarded as belonging to everyone is sold to a logging company. Rather than live as nomads - or "outlaws" - Gergö reluctantly accepts a job offer from the lecherous manager (Oszkár Borovszky) who has his eye on Anna. In Gergö's absence, the manager tries to force himself on Anna and a lamp is tipped over in the struggle, burning Gergö's cabin to the ground. The manager disappears and Anna and Little Gergö spend the night out in the snow before they are taken in. Although physically unharmed, Anna continues to ail to the point that Gergö makes an offering to the Virgin Mary during a holy feast. The monks themselves recommend that he take Anna to a doctor in the city, but it is all too late . After honoring Anna's last wishes, Gergö decides to avenge himself upon the manager, bringing about another chain of misfortunes.

Eric Cotenas


Theatrical Release: 1942 (Venice Film Festival)

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DVD Review: Second Run DVD - Region 0 - PAL

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Region 0 - PAL

Runtime 1:28:30 (4% PAL speedup)

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.45 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Hungarian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Second Run DVD

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
� Booklet by Hungarian film expert John Cunningham

DVD Release Date: August 29th, 2016

Chapters 12





Second Run's dual-layer, fullscreen, original aspect ratio transfer is derived from a new 2K restoration of the original nitrate negatives by the Hungarian Digital Archive and Film Institute. It exposes the entire film frame including the rounded corners and the worst damage seems to be some faint vertical scratches while the certain dreamy softness seems intentional given the pastoral setting. The Dolby Digital 2.0 track is clean and the optional English subtitles are free of any errors. The sole extra is a booklet on the film in which John Cunningham discusses the career of director Istvan Szots, the film's reception in Hungary during the war and under fascist scrutiny and at the Venice Film Festival, as well as its recent notoriety in light of the move in 2012 to re-bury its fascist/antisemitic author in his native Transylvania.

  - Eric Cotenas


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