Banned for over a decade for its outspoken criticism of the post-WWII communist regime in Hungary, Péter Bacsó's 'The Witness' has since then achieved unparalleled cult status in its native land. Known as the best satire about communism, 'The Witness' has become a cult classic, which was also well received by critics and general audiences alike when it was finally released outside of Hungary. Its candid and realistic portrayal of the incompetent communist regime has earned great acclaim for both the director and the film itself when it was shown at Cannes Film Festival in 1981. 'The Witness' takes place during the height of the Rákosi Era, which was closely modeled after the ruthless and brutal Stalin regime. The film follows the life of an ordinary dike keeper, József Pelikán, who has been caught for illegally slaughtering his pig, Dezsõ. Instead of doing hard time for his "heinous" crime, Pelikán is elevated into an important position, generally reserved for the communist elite. Of ...
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Several quotes from the movie, especially the ones "the international situation is intensifying" and "life is not a whipped-cream cake" have become part of everyday speech in Hungary. See more
Pelikán József, gátõr
I feel a bit bad about it, though. Why do we have to make such a fuss over it? We deceived the people after all.
Who did we deceieve? Ourselves? We know what it's all about. The researchers? They're happy to have their medals. The masses? They don't eat lemons or oranges, but they're happy to celebrate. The imperialists? We've given them a thorough beating. I wouldn't like to be in their shoes. We proclaimed a slogan: let there be a Hungarian orange! And there it was! We made no empty promises,...
Followed by Megint tanú
Music by Emmerich Kálmán
Lyrics by Leo Stein
and Béla Jenbach
Performed by Róbert Rátonyi See more