Artikelnummer 5312

PEOPLE OF THE MOUNTAINS (Emberek a havason) (1942) * with hard-encoded English subtitles *

István Szöts Writers: József Nyirö (short stories), István Szöts Stars: Alice Szellay, János Görbe, Péterke Ferency

Based on a series of short stories about the Hungarian woodcutter community of Transylvania, the film's simple story concerns Gergo, a logger, who is compelled to leave the mountains and seek work in the valley. The result is little more than illness and misery. When a foreman in the logging company Gergo works for attempts to rape his wife, she dies trying to flee from him. Gergo takes his revenge by killing the foreman ... and is promptly imprisoned. He manages to escape and is pursued relentlessly by the gendarmes. He's mortally wounded and dies in a shepherd's hut; but not before arranging to have the reward paid to the one who arrests him to be turned over to a friend who will raise his child.

Considered "too Catholic" by Josef Goebbels, the film was denied an exhibition certificate (which, in a European film market tightly controlled by the Nazis, meant it was dead on arrival). The movie was low-budget, filmed mostly with unknown actors and shot in what is now Romanian Transylvania, which had been occupied by the Hungarians after the Second Vienna Award of 1940. 

DVD-R is in Hungarian with hard-encoded English subtitles.  Approx. 89 mins. See film sample for audio and video quality!

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