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UND ES LEUCHTET DIE PUSZTA (1933)

Rosi Barsony, Károly Sugar and Wolf Albach-Retty
$9.99

A combination of glorified travelogue, musical comedy romance and Magyar patriotic propaganda labeled "Und Es Leuchtet Die Pustza" ("And the Pustza Gleams") was a joint German-Hungarian venture.  Basing the action upon a standard Hungarian piece by Koloman Mikszath. the director, Heinz Hille, has used the practically unlimited technical resources of the big German film concern and the willing cooperation of the Hungarian Government to turn out a charming production which likely brought more visitors to the great Hungarian plains and to the Budapest of song and romance.

Here, Hungary puts her best foot forward and life with the herds of blooded horses and cattle, in the vineyards and in the capital is well worth living, even for an irredentist.  Rose Barsony, the pretty blonde Magyar dancer and singer, who, with the likely young Wolf Albach-Retty, occupies the centre of the screen most of the time, is excellent.  For real acting, however, the honors are with Karoly Sugar, as the old manager of a spendthrift nobleman's estate who saves the patrimony of the latter's daughter.  Although many of the actors are Magyars, they speak German with fluency.  The photography is clear and the musical numbers are catchy.

INCLUDED ON THE DVD IS A NEWSREEL PREVIEW, JUST AS GERMAN AUDIENCES WOULD HAVE SEEN VISITING THE THEATRE (though the newsreel in question may not be contemporary to the film's production date).

DVD-R IS IN GERMAN WITH NO SUBTITLES  (except for the newsreel).  APPROX. 89 MINS. TOTAL COMBINED.  DECENT, VHS-LIKE QUALITY.

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