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Szabadságszûke - Mundruczó Kornél melodrámái
Lack of Freedom - Kornél Mundruczó's Melodramas

Author(s): Lóránt Stőhr
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts
Published by: Pannonhalmi Főapátság

Summary/Abstract: This essay gives an analysis of the films of the young Hungarian director Kornel Mundruczo. First, it describes the main features of melodrama, putting the stress on the lack of self-awareness of the characters who are victims of invincible forces. Next, it proves that in his early films (Pleasant Days) Mundruczo used these features to follow the critical vein of R.W. Fassbinder's controversial social melodramas. Mundruczo's main problem is freedom. His characters feel they are locked into a tight space, into a small community of petty liars from where they want to break out in vain. Johanna and Delta raised the question whether it is worth giving to meand and selfish people and making sacrifice for the community. The essay ends with the statement that Mundriczo's lates feature film has already a de-dramatized narrative which left the genre of melodrama behind.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 132-144
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Hungarian