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Author(s): Miklós Kiss
Subject(s): Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Film / Cinema / Cinematography
Published by: Scientia
Keywords: documentary;fiction;György Pálfi
Summary/Abstract: The essay is about the question of documentary versus fiction but in a special context called the “exploited” reality. The illustrational example is György Pálfi's Hukkle (2002), and the argumentation is based on the rigorous distinction of the montage-theory of Bazin. In Bazin's classical opinion there are two types of directors and therefore two types of films: which believe in the reality, and which believe in the picture.In Hukkle the exploited reality has three layers: the first is the reality-context of the film (the real events from the 1920's), the second is the fabula of the film (the fictious murders in Pálfi's story), and the third is the camouflage of the reality (formal and stylistic genre conventions of the documentary films). With these layers Pálfi makes a full circle around reality and imaginary, he switches our attention permanently between the documentary and the fiction. To do this, he chose an experimental narrative form, the so called "magic-picture" narrative. The originally image-natured picture-puzzle turns into moving images: with this gesture we arrive in the special field of the border-land of documentary and fiction.

  • Page Range: 117-137
  • Page Count: 21
  • Publication Year: 2007
  • Language: Hungarian