Black and white drama, romance, Hungary – Zoltán Fábri, 1955
“Behold, the Grand Prix-winning film, my Grand Prix-winning film… The heroine of Zoltán Fábri’s marvellous film would have deserved the prize for the best actress... the way she danced, laughed and cried, due to her freshness, purity, spontaneity...” – wrote François Truffaut, the later leading figure of the new wave, offering his imaginary Golden Palm to Merry-Go-Round. An icon of Hungarian filmmaking, this film was based on a short story written by Imre Sarkadi. In the story, taking place during the government of Imre Nagy, the enforcement of agricultural cooperatives is just a framework for the director to bring to life, in a rural story of Romeo and Juliet, whatever he wanted to pronounce about freedom, about the right of happiness, about traditions handed down from century to century, about man being at the mercy of powers beyond him.
Produced by Magyar Filmgyártó ÁV, Directed by Zoltán Fábri, Written by Imre Sarkadi, Screenplay by Zoltán Fábri, László Nádasy, Cast: Mari Törőcsik, Imre Soós, Ádám Szirtes, Béla Barsi, Manyi Kiss, Director of Photography: Barnabás Hegyi, Music by György Ránki, Sound by György Pintér, Set Designer: Zoltán Fábri, Costume Designer: Alice Kölcsey, Edited by Ferencné Szécsényi, Photo: Teréz Schandl, Movie Poster Design by István Köpeczi Bócz
Colour: Black and White
Published and distributed by Hungarian National Film Fund – Film Archive, 2018