Life of An Agent - Film Screening - Thurs May 25


Secret tapes of the Hungarian Communist Police
Dir. Gabor Zsigmond Papp, 82 mins, 2004
Thurs May 25, 7pm

From 1958 to 1988, the film studio of the Hungarian Ministry of the Interior made several hundred propaganda films, including shorts, instructional works and features. Over a wide thematic range, these films sought to teach Hungarian policemen how to maintain public order. Topics included secret home-raids, operatives shadowing suspects, how to install interceptive devices and recruiting informers and agents. The monotone narration used in these films contrasts with the "elevated" cause they were supposed to serve. As a result, these films can seem wickedly comical, petty or shocking to us today as contemporary viewers. But in the 1960s and 1970s, plenty of time and effort was put into this form of ideological training. The films were also made with relatively large budgets, with the participation of renowned experts, and they utilised the most advanced technologies of their time. By selecting and masterfully assembling the strongest samples, director Zsigmond shows us how the operation of the totalitarian dictatorship under Kádár functioned, and the main forces underlying its efficiency.

The Pioneer Theater
East 3rd Street (between Avenues A and B)
New York (212) 591-0434

Hungary * In Hungarian with English subtitles

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Date : 2006-05-25
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