AN AMERICAN RHAPSODY
2001, Paramount, 106 min, Dir: Éva Gárdos

Nastassja Kinski, Scarlett Johansson and Tony Goldwyn star in this drama inspired by the true story of director Éva Gárdos' own life. Persecuted by an oppressive Communist government, a Hungarian couple makes a daring fight for freedom. The escape is successful, but comes at an unthinkable price - the couple's baby, Suzanne, is left behind in Hungary. Six years later, the girl is uprooted from the only parents that she knows and reunited with her biological parents in California. But as she grows, so do the questions about her mysterious past and heritage. Feeling lost and alienated, the rebellious teenage Suzanne (Johansson) returns to Hungary, embarking on a personal search for the true meaning of family, freedom and home.


BUDAPEST NOIR
2017, Menemsha Films, 95 min, Dir: Éva Gárdos

Budapest, 1936. The Hungarian prime minister returns from Nazi Germany in a coffin, his dream of making Hungary into a fascist state snuffed out - for now. Meanwhile crime reporter Zsigmond Gordon (Krisztián Kolovratnik), a cynic who thinks he has seen it all, stumbles upon an unusual killing in a seedy part of the city, the victim being a young woman with only a Jewish prayer book in her purse. An official stonewall blocks his investigation, provoking Gordon to solve the puzzle of her demise. With the help of Krisztina (Reka Tenki), a beautiful photographer who once broke his heart, Gordon pursues his own investigation into Budapest's dark underbelly - a world of pornography, boxers, brothels and Communist cells - all the way to the highest echelons of power.


THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1989)
1989, Park Circus/MGM, 95 min, USA/UK/Hungary, Dir: Dwight H. Little

“Only love and music are forever.” NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET star Robert Englund dons the phantom’s mask for a big-screen adaptation of the famed Gaston Leroux novel that hews closer to the horror of the original than the romance of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. An accident during an audition transports 1980s Juilliard student Christine Day (Jill Schoelen) back to 19th-century London, where a horribly disfigured antihero who haunts an aging opera house becomes infatuated with her. With Alex Hyde-White, Bill Nighy and Molly Shannon (in her film debut).


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