Merry Go Round

Fabri Zoltan

Hungary, 1955

ACTIVITIES

GENERAL DISCUSSION

The story is the very ancient one about the beautiful farm girl forced by her father into an engagement for financial reasons. Upon this “Westernized” fable there is superimposed an ideological argument of more recent vintage revolving around the question of collectivized agriculture.
Naturally, the young man who saves the pretty girl from the unwanted but landed suitor favors the collective, while the girl’s father, who is a lonely hold-out for private enterprise, loses out in the end. However, the father’s arguments against the loafers and chiselers in the collective are never really answered by the dashing young Socialist, who, in fact, also has harsh words for the “bureaucracy.” The irritation of this thematic ambivalence is further compounded by the slow pace of the drama and the lack of imagination, wit and taste in the telling of a tale that had two strikes against it in the first place.
Mari Torokczik and Imre Soos, as the heroine and hero, convey inspiration and hope in their appealing faces at the finish. But this cannot offset the over-all impression of the film, which bespeaks a culture that has been cowed, confused and depressed by the political and economic currents following World War II.

ACTIVITY 1

• What is the film about?
• Who are the main characters? How are the characters depicted?
• Which are the film’s main themes, and how are they outlined?
• What do you know about the history of Hungary in 1950s?
• What do you know about collectivism and ploletar agricultural cooperatives?
• Which scene of the film is the most interesting for you and why?
• Why the ending of the film is totally different then in Romeo and Juliet?

ACTIVITY 2

WRITE A ESSAY

Compare the life in the 50s and with nowday.
What is different and what is the same?
Write a short essay about this topic.

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ACTIVITY 3

DRAW PICTURES

What does the Communism means for you? Draw 6 pictures about Communism.

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