By David Zou
In continuing the gold mining for obscure films around the world, learning about different cultures through their rich artistic expressions, I’ve selected these 10 titles that deserve greater recognition.
1. A Pál utcai fiúk (aka The Boys of Paul Street) – 1969
Based on the work of Hungarian writer Ferenc Molnár, this is one of those films that once seen, remains forever in your memory. Do not be alarmed if in dreams, you find yourself struggling on Paul Street alongside your childhood friends. Adapting the most famous Hungarian literary work of all time to film should not have been easy, but director Zoltán Fábri did this without appealing to exaggerated melodrama or extreme austerity, as would be common in the Hollywood way of dealing with such issues.
The story recounts the battles of humble pre-teenagers in Budapest in 1889, who defend a vacant lot (their playground) from the invasion of a group of wealthy teenagers. The naive confrontation permeated by “sand bombs” ends up leading to the same sad consequences of any war.
There is a hierarchy in the army of Paul Street, where the fragile and hardworking soldier Nemecsek tries at all costs to prove his worth before the brave general. From these situations comes a humor that easily takes us back to the complex world of the child, because they do not fight for a few square meters in a wasteland – they fight to gain freedom and for the right to fully exercise their creativity.
As in all wars, there are betrayals and demonstrations of value in the most extreme conditions. Both the book and the film make clear their analogies and real intentions: to show that, contrary to what many people think, childhood is as dense and conflicting as adulthood. “The Boys of Paul Street” → continue…
From:: Taste Of Cinema