Sindbad (film)


November 27, 2021

The colorful Hungarian film drama Sindbád, presented in 1971, is a joint work of Zoltán Huszárik and Sándor Sára. Zoltán Huszárik's first feature film was made using the stories of Gyula Krúdy's Sindbad. The director originally starred Vittorio De Sica, but the contract with the world-famous Italian artist failed for financial reasons. The title role was finally played by Zoltán Latinovits. A significant portion of the film was shot in Czechoslovakia for about eight months. The series of pictures with astonishing beauty was taken by Sándor Sára, the macro shots are named after József Gujdár. It was premiered on October 20, 1971 in the hometown of Krúdy, Nyíregyháza. The national premiere took place a good month later. Sindbád has achieved significant professional success both in Hungary and abroad, and has received numerous awards. It has a special significance in Hungarian film history, in 2000, for example, it was chosen as one of the so-called “New Budapest 12”, which occupies the 3rd place in the ranking. In 2012, it was included in the top 53 Hungarian works selected by the members of the Hungarian Academy of Arts.

The plot

On the border of existence and non-existence, the dying Sindbad recalls the memories of the past: the atmosphere of small towns that suggest old tastes, the permanence of time and, of course, the love of many women. The passing and death overshadow the memories: graveyard encounters, suicidal loves, mourning women - missed lives. The women of Sindbad not only represent diversity in their social position, but also display different types of femininity, love, passion and sensuality. Citing the world of fairy tales, Setétke chose this name to remind her sweetheart in the dark when she can't see her. Fruzsina would not want to live if the star of her beloved man no longer shone on her. The doctor, Lenke, tries to hide her emotions at the reunion, as if she was not disturbed by the appearance of the unexpected visitor, even though she had been waiting for her for years and was planning their common future. For Fanny, Sindbad is the last flare-up, she wants to live with her in the countryside, but the man knows she will leave this woman too. He saw and conquered Florentina in a cemetery. The sensual beautiful woman declares that she would die if Sindbad left. However, the little florist not only talked about death, but also threw herself out the window, from where she threw a flower at her sweetheart in front of her. Patience, the waiter's wife, also threw away his life. Waist Vendelin doesn't even know at first that it was the very man who robbed his wife's love of it, who chooses from the menu in a way that is worthy of a real gourmet. Of the many women, there is only one to whom our hero is constantly returning: the sometimes grumpy Monkey, who has gone from a former lover to an understanding and caring mother figure. Sindbad’s last journey in the horse-drawn carriage that appears at the beginning of the film actually leads to death, which hits him in a temple, symbolizing both the transience of human life and eternity.

Background information

The literature

Gyula Krúdy (1878–1933) borrowed the name Sindbád from his childhood favorite reading, Tales of the Thousand and One Nights. The Arab fairytale hero made seven trips, the trips of Krúdy Sindbád, who is actually the writer’s alter ego, appeared in five books. In 1911, the first was published entitled The Youth and Travels of Sindbad. The following year the French castle appeared. In 1915, readers were able to pick up Sindbad: Resurrection. Sindbad's short stories written in the 1920s are included in The Conversion of Sindbad. The title of the last Sindbad novel is Purgatory. Reception price of the works

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