Cannes: Even the Japanese understand the uncensored humor of the 50-year-old Witness

Cannes: Even the Japanese understand the uncensored humor of the 50-year-old Witness

The original uncensored version of Peter Bacsó's The Witness was unveiled on Friday at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival, a program featuring a revamped version of the classic.

The revamped version of Péter Bacsó's legendary film - 50 years after the Cannes premiere - was launched at the initiative of the Hungarian National Film Fund by Cannes Classics, one of the world's leading film festivals, which honors 23 films this year.

Following the works of Miklós Jancsó Poor Peoples, Károly Makk Love and Zoltán Fábri Carousel, for the fourth time this year, the official program of the Cannes Classics at the Cannes Film Festival was selected by the Hungarian National Film Fund for the fourth time.

Péter Bacsó's film, The Witness, made in 1969, 30 years after the change of the Hungarian political system, made a film that became a symbol of the replaced socialist dictatorship. Ten years after its creation, the boxed artwork was first screened in Cannes in 1981 in a selection called Un certain regard, and then premiered in 32 countries.

a few days before the premiere, Péter Bacsó broke his foot in Budapest, arriving at the Cannes screening in plaster and by car, which was an excellent illustration of the situation of Hungarian filmmaking at that time, and especially of A's witness.

the French and English subtitles of the film did well, the international audience, including the Japanese, understood the jokes, Péter Bacsó's satirical tone still works and the audience laughed a lot.

On the basis of the only remaining uncensored copy of the time, digital technology has now made it possible to reconstruct the original version. The excerpts, many of which were originally found in the Mafilm warehouse during a lengthy research effort, were fully incorporated by the Film Lab and "glossed" on the restored version of the well-known version. Thanks to this, the uncensored version is shown in high quality and will be shown in Hungarian cinemas on June 1st.

In the original version, there is the dark lockhole scene referring to László Rajk, and there is also a discussion where the millennial stability of the church is contrasted with the newly born communist system.

This version did not include the closing scenes of the electric scenes, which the director inserted at the end of the film in 1969 at the behest of the censor. & Nbsp; The full 4K restoration of the film is a joint effort of the Filmarchiv It was realized with the participation of 30 professionals and with the help of the Hungarian Cameraman Society. As a result of the long-term film renovation program launched in 2017 by the Film Fund, every year 25-30 Hungarian classical films are fully restored.

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