Pál Schiffer

(1939, Budapest – 2001, Budapest)
He graduated from the Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in 1963. He worked for the News and Documentary Studio at the Hungarian Film Production Company between 1964 and 1976. He was member of the experimental documentary film workshop at the Béla Balázs Studio and made his first significant documentary Black Train there. He portrayed the Gypsy minority in several films including his first documentary feature film Gyuri. After some documentaries about peasants' lives and about the historical past he filmed a grandiose series about the history of Videoton Production Company and its employees after the political changeover in 1989 in Hungary. He was founding vice-president of the Association of Hungarian Filmclubs after 1986 and was its president since 1993. He was manager of Publicity Club between 1993 and 1994. He was trustee of the Hungarian Historical Film Foundation between 1992 and 1998. From 1994 till his death he has also worked as producer of Hunnia Film Studio.
Awards:
Béla Balázs Award (1971), National Trade Union Council’s Award (1979), Merited Artist (1987), For Hungarian Art (1998), Pulitzer-Prize (1999)

Filmography

1966: This Is What War Is Like?/Ilyen ez a háború? (d)
1967: A Late Requiem/Kései rekviem (s)
1968: Tiszazug/Tiszazug (d)
1968: A Wrong Circle/Hibás kör (d)
1969: Counter Arguments/Ellenérvek (d)
1970: Stages/Stációk (d)
1970: Black Train/Fekete vonat (d)
1971: Letters to a State-Lottery Winner/Levelek az öttalálatoshoz (d)
1972: "Off-Side" Houses/Faluszéli házak (d)
1973: A Hungarian Fashion Show/Bemutatjuk a magyar divatot (d)
1973: What are Gipsy Children Doing?/Mit csinálnak a cigánygyerekek? (d)
1974: Waiting for Erika/Várjuk Erikát (d)
1978: Gyuri/Cséplő Gyuri
1981: On Probation/A pártfogolt
1981: Potteries/Fazekak (f/tv)
1982: Let Me Rest in Peace/Nyugodjak békében (d)
1983: The Model Gardener/Földi paradicsom (d)
1985: Cowboys I-II./Kovbojok I-II. (d)
1986: The David Family I-IV./Dávid család I-IV. (d/tv)
1987: Magyar Stories/A Dunánál (d) (with Bálint Magyar)
1987: A Hungarian Cowboy/Az ibafai kovboj (d)
1989: Antonement 1956-1989/Engesztelő 1956-1989 (d)
1991: Discorded Road Signs/Ledöntött útjelzők I-II. (d)
1992: Picture within the Picture/Kép a képben (d/tv)
1993: 20 minutes/20 perc (d/tv)
1993: Videoton Saga I-III/A Videoton sztori I-III. (d)
1995: Elektra Ltd. or: Introduction into the Political Economy of Capitalism/Elektra, avagy: Bevezetés a kapitalizmus politikai gazdaságtanába (d)
1996: Routine Operation/Rutinműtét (d/tv)
1998: Fractions I-III/Törésvonalak I-III. (d)
1998: Mari - Chapters from the Life of a Transylvanian Family/Mari - Fejezetek egy széki család életéből (d/tv)
2000: Our Fathers' Portrait / Apaképek (d)

Films in our database

Director of photography
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2001