Considered a great ‘lost masterpiece’ of international cinema, Szindbád was chosen by Hungarian writers and filmmakers as one of the three best Hungarian films of all time. Based on the stories of surrealist writer Gyula Krúdy, this iconic film is a lush and sensuous depiction of the life, loves and memories of serial seducer Szindbád (Zoltán Latinovits).
As Szindbád contemplates his life of hedonism and romance, the film powerfully evokes the passage of time and the exploration of memory through extraordinarily beautiful imagery. An erotic elegy, at once lyrical and surreal, Szindbád is a work of intoxicating, almost overwhelming physical beauty – a unique experience unlike any other in modern cinema.
The DVD is presented in a brand new anamorphic digital transfer with restored picture and sound, and extras include a filmed appreciation of the film by filmmaker Peter Strickland, and an expansive new essay by writer and film historian Michael Brooke.
• Brand new anamorphic digital transfer with restored picture and sound.
• Szindbád: An appreciation – new filmed interview with Peter Strickland (director, Katalin Varga).
• 20-page booklet featuring a new essay by writer and film historian Michael Brooke.
• New and improved English subtitle translation.
• Available for the first time on DVD in the English speaking world.
Zoltán Latinovits - Szindbád
Éva Ruttkai - Lenke
Margit Dayka - Majmunka
Anna Nagy - Fruzsina
Györgyi Andai - Setétke (Duskie)
Erika Szegedi - Florentina
Mária Medgyesi - Paula
Anna Muszte - Flower-seller
Bella Tarnay - Fanny
Directed by Zoltán Huszárik
Screenplay - Zoltán Huszárik, János Tóth
Based on the stories of Gyula Krúdy
Cinematography - Sándor Sára
Music - Zoltán Jeney
Production Design - Tamás Vayer
Costume Design - Nelly Vágó
Editors - Zoltán Huszárik, Mihály Morell
Winner: Josef von Sternberg Award,
Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival, 1972
1988 International Film Guide:
10 Best Hungarian Films of All Time
"One of the most beautiful films ever made" Graham Petrie
"A kaleidoscope for the senses ...its evocation of love and landscape gives it an universal appeal" Central Europe Review
"A poetic Masterpiece ...Huszárik is one of modern Hungarian cinema's greatest visual poets" Kinoblog