Hungarian colour comedy-drama, 1969, directed by Péter Bacsó – Bonus features: newsreels of the period, previously banned cut scenes, director's analysis.
There is no mythology in Hungarian film history comparable with that of The Witness. Quotes from Péter Bacsó’s hilarious satire have become proverbial. The great triad of dam-keeper Joseph Pelican, comrade Blossom and comrade Bastion remains a bunch of vivid caricatures forever. Due to its genius, penetrating both script and acting, the film oers an immediate experience of the outrageous absurdity of dictatorship.
Produced by Mafilm 1. Játékfilmstúdió, Directed by Péter Bacsó Péter, Screenplay by Péter Bacsó, Cast: Ferenc Kállai, Lajos Őze, Zoltán Fábri, Lili Monori, Béla Both, László Vámos, Ida Versényi, Director of Photography: János Zsombolyai, Music by György Vukán, Sound by János Réti, Set Designer: Tamás Vayer, Costume Designer: Katalin Ján
Running Time: 103'
Bacsó Péter és Hirsch Tibor kommentárja
Cenzúrázott jelenetek, 7’
Tanúhíradó különkiadás, 25’
Published and distributed by Hungarian National Film Fund – Film Archive, 2017