From Lilies of the Valley to the Fall of Leaves

Hungarian colour nature documentary, 1953, directed by István Homoki-Nagy – The most popular Hungarian nature documentary ever – The bonus feature reveals the hardships of the making of nature films back then, and grants a look behind the scenes.

The film presents the wildlife of the Gemenc flood area sanctuary, arranging the episodes of each selected species into little etudes: how the fox steals the chicken from the pen, how the roused deer flees jumping across a huge abyss, how the sturgeon sticks to the bottom of the water, how the adoption of an orphaned fawn takes place. Wildlife is wound into striking novellas by shedding light on the inner life of the forest’s inhabitants.

Produced by Magyar Híradó- és Dokumentumfilmsúdió, Directed, Written, Photographed by István Homoki-Nagy, Narrated by Imre Sinkovits , Music by Ferenc Farkas, Viktor Vaszy, Edited by Mihály Morell, Sound by Nándor Sárdi

Language: Hungarian
Audio: 2.0
Colour: Colour
Subtitles: English
Format 4:3
Running Time: 83'

Bonus Feature:

István Homoki-Nagy in action (fragment) 3'

Published and distributed by Hungarian National Film Fund – Film Archive, 2017