Zoltán Fábri

Zoltán Fábri

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name = Zoltán Fábri

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birthdate = birth date|1917|10|15
birthplace = Budapest, Austria-Hungary
deathdate = Death date and age|1994|8|23|1917|10|15
deathplace = Budapest, Hungary
yearsactive = 1951–1983
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Zoltán Fábri (October 15, 1917 - August 23, 1994) was a Hungarian film director and screenwriter. His films "The Boys of Paul Street" (1969) and "Hungarians" (1978) were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Fábri wanted to become an artist from an early age on. He studied design and graduated at the Hungarian College of Fine Arts. He began working in the Hungarian film industry in 1950 when it was under total state control as a production designer. He directed his first film "Vihar" ("Storm") in 1951. He became an internationally acclaimed director with his third feature "Körhinta" ("Merry Go-Round") in 1956. He continued directing and writing until the early 1980s. After his retirement from film industry Fábri taught on the Hungarian University of Theatrical and Film Arts. In his last years he wrote screenplays, all of which - unfortunately - never got their way to the screen. Fábri was also the president of the Hungarian Film Artist Union from 1959 to 1981.

Fábri's style of filmmaking can be described mainly as "classical", using academic techniques of art filmmaking. His greatest influences were the Italian Neorealism and the French Poetic Realism. He experimented with narrative and flashback techniques for a short time in the 1960s (in his films "Nappali sötétség" and "Húsz óra") and his 1976 film "Az ötödik pecsét" contains some highly surrealist scenes, but overall he never used the mannerisms of modernist film in his works. For this reason the Communist cultural regime favored Fábri over more controversial and experimental directors like Miklós Jancsó.

He was known as a perfectionist who wrote, drawn and choreographed every scene to the most precise detail months before production began and never improvised anything. His reputation as a rigid, tyrannical director was somewhat contradicted by his friendly and kind behaviour towards the American child actors on the set of "The Boys of Paul Street".

Fábri made nearly all of his films based on literary material (novels or short stories) and wrote the screenplays himself. His constant theme was the question of humanity. Many of his films are set in or around World War II. Two of his frequent collaborators were actress Mari Törőcsik and cinematographer György Illés. In 1969 he played the role of prosecuted statesman Zoltán Dániel in his friend Péter Bacsó's cult satire, "A tanú" ("The Witness") as his sole acting job.

Fábri died in a heart attack at the age of 76 in 1994.


*Déryné (1951) - production designer
*Vihar / Storm (1951) - director
*Erkel (1952) - production designer
*Életjel / Fourteen Lives (1954) - director
*Dandin György, avagy a megcsúfolt férj (1955) - production designer
*Körhinta / Merry Go-Round (1956) - director, screenwriter, production designer
*Hannibál tanár úr / Professor Hannibal (1956) - director, screenwriter
*Bolond április / Summer Clouds (1957) - director, production designer
*Édes Anna / Sweet Anna (1958) - director, screenwriter, production designer
*Dúvad / Brute (1961) - director, screenwriter
*Két félidő a pokolban / The Last Goal) (1962) - director, screenwriter, production designer
*Nappali sötétség / Darkness in Daytime (1963) - director, screenwriter, production designer
*Vízivárosi nyár / Hard Summer (tv-series) (1964) - director
*Húsz óra / Twenty Hours (1965) - director
*Útószezon / Late Season (1966) - director
*A Pál-utcai fiúk / The Boys of Paul Street (1969) - director, screenwriter
*Isten hozta, őrnagy úr! / The Tóth Family (1969) - director, screenwriter
*A tanú / The Witness (1969) - actor
*Hangyaboly / Ant Hill (1971) - director, screenwriter
*Plusz-mínusz egy nap / Plus-Minus One Day (1973) - director, screenwriter
*141 perc a befejezetlen mondatból / 141 Minutes from the Unfinished Sentence (1975) - director
*Az ötödik pecsét / The Fifth Seal (1976) - director, screenwriter
*Magyarok / Hungarians (1978) - director, screenwriter
*Fábián Bálint találkozása Istennel / Bálint Fábian Meets God (1980) - director, screenwriter
*Requiem (1981) - director, screenwriter
*Gyertek el a névnapomra / Housewarming (1983) - director, screenwriter

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