SKU 5945

PROFESSOR HANNIBAL (Hannibál tanár úr) (1956) * with switchable English subtitles *

Zoltán Fábri Ernö Szabó ... Nyúl Béla (as Szabó Ernõ) Noémi Apor Noémi Apor ... Lola Emmi Buttykay Emmi Buttykay ... Mici Hilda Gobbi Hilda Gobbi ... Vogelmayerné Manyi Kiss Manyi Kiss ... Nyúl Béláné Karola Zala Karola Zala Oszkár Ascher Oszkár Ascher ... Schwarz Béni Ödön Bárdi Ödön Bárdi ... Danielisz Béla Barsi Béla Barsi ... Menyus Ferenc Bessenyei Ferenc Bessenyei ... Hannibál György Bikádi György Bikádi Andor Dárday Andor Dárday Antal Farkas Antal Farkas Zoltán Greguss Zoltán Greguss ... Muray György Kálmán György Kálmán ... Újságíró

In a background which can refer to both Hungary's fascist society of the 1930s and 40s, as well as a nod to the current communist authorities in Budapest at the time, there are mass protests by university students; dubious suspensions; a fire caused by misconduct; an opportunistic academic council; and an alignment of research with ideology. That alone would make for rather depressing watching were it not for Bela Rabbit, an inconspicious man with thin hair, a stooped posture and soft voice, but a man of upright morals and convictions. He's a total non-entity and ignored by all ... that is, until a paper of his is published by the academic council. In his work, he re-assesses the death of Carthaginian general Hannibal, who, according to Bela Rabbit, didn't die of poisoning, as widely believed, but fell victim to a revolution back home. Unfortunately, the implications of such a fact are not quite in line with the agenda of the ruling, right-wing government. First embraced, congratulated and presented with cigars and champagne for coming to the attention of the authorities, the mood of the people around him quickly changes, when it's realized he's being used as a scapegoat for persecution, humiliation, and expulsion from society.

DVD-R is in Hungarian with switchable English subtitles. Approx. 88 mins. See film sample for audio and video quality!

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