Directed by István Szabó
intelligent study of adolescence and maturation focuses on a young man whose defense
mechanism consists of idealizing the memory of his dead father. He imagines
his father to be a cultured world traveler and a partisan freedom
fighter. His fantasies continue as he becomes a man, culminating in
the creation of a hero-father who he imagines to have protected the
Hungarian Jews during Nazi occupation. "Brilliant... a fine
eloquent film... wonderfully compassionate." - Bosley Crowther, New
York Times. "Magnificent...
orchestrations of this cinematic symphony sing and soar." - Joseph
Morgenstern, Newsweek. One of the key films of
the Hungarian film renaissance, Father is a daring, emotionally charged film.
With András Balint, Miklós Gábor, Katalin Sólyom, Klári Tolnay and
Dani Erdélyi. Hungarian with English subtitles. B&W.