Somewhere in Europe

Radvanyi Geza

Hungary, 1948

REVIEWS

At the end of World War II, hungry, homeless children are roving aimlessly in Eastern-European roads. These starving and abandoned kids, often stick together and form gangs. A group, led by Hosszu, happens by chance upon Simon Peter, a conductor, who, secluded from the raging war within the rumbles of a castle awaits the advent of peace. The children and the old honest man gradually become friends. They join forces in defending the castle against a group of village people set against them. In an attempt to free some of their mates held in detention, a child is killed. By the film’s end the composer obtains an official paper from the new, democratic government, declaring that the castle is to be regarded as home for the little tramps.

THE DIRECTOR

Radványi Géza

Radványi Géza (Born Géza Grosschmid) took the name Radványi from his paternal grandmother. His brother was the writer Sándor Márai. Géza von Radványi made a debut in journalism before moving to cinema in 1941. In the 1950s and 1960s, he aimed in creating a popular cinema that would rival Hollywood studios through European coproductions.

He began at the end of the 1940s, with the neorealist dramas Valahol Európában and Women Without Names, both making no concessions to the ravages of war and the postwar period. During the 1950s, Radványi’s change  in style was made evident in L’Étrange Désir de monsieur Bard, with Michel Simon and Geneviève Page (1953), and, above all, in the successfull remake of Mädchen in Uniform with Lilli Palmer, Marthe Mercadier and the young rising star, Romy Schneider (1958).

Within the same decade, he, also, made  Douze heures d’horloge (fr), a horror film based on a script by Boileau, Narcejac, with Lino Ventura and Laurent Terzieff, as well as, Mademoiselle Ange (fr), a slapstick comedy with Romy Schneider and Henri Vidal (1959). In the 1960s, he became more ambitious. His 70 mm coproductions Onkel Toms Hütte, with Mylène Demongeot and Herbert Lom (1965), and Der Kongreß amüsiert sich, with Lilli Palmer, Curd Jürgens, Paul Meurisse and Françoise Arnoul (1966), were both rather unsuccessful. Not long after, he wrote the script for the very successful film L’homme orchestre, produced by Louis de Funès and directed by Serge Korber (1970). His 1961 film Das Riesenrad  made it to the 2nd Moscow International Film Festival and Uncle Tom’s Cabin(1965) the 4th Moscow International Film Festival. Géza von Radványi’s career came to an end with Circus Maximus (1980), a modest production made in his home country.

FILMOGRAPHY

  • 1940 – Sarajevo
  • 1947 – Valahol Európában with Artúr Somlay and Miklós Gábor
  • 1950 – Women Without Names with Simone Simon and Françoise Rosay
  • 1953 – L’Étrange Désir de monsieur Bard, with Michel Simon and Geneviève Page
  • 1955 – Mädchen ohne Grenzen
  • 1955 – Ingrid – Die Geschichte eines Fotomodells
  • 1957 – Das Schloß in Tirol with Karlheinz Böhm
  • 1958 – Der Arzt von Stalingrad with Mario Adorf, O. E. Hasse and Eva Bartok
  • 1958 – Mädchen in Uniform with Romy Schneider, Lilli Palmer and Marthe Mercadier
  • 1959 – Douze heures d’horloge (fr) with Lino Ventura, Laurent Terzieff and Hannes Messemer
  • 1959 – Mademoiselle Ange (fr) with Romy Schneider and Henri Vidal
  • 1961 – Und sowas nennt sich Leben with Elke Sommer
  • 1961 – Das Riesenrad with Maria Schell
  • 1961 – Diesmal muß es Kaviar sein with Jean Richard, Geneviève Kervine and Senta Berger
  • 1965 – Onkel Toms Hütte with Mylène Demongeot, Herbert Lom and O. W. Fischer
  • 1966 – Congress of Love (de) with Lilli Palmer, Curd Jürgens, Paul Meurisse and Françoise Arnoul
  • 1980 – Circus Maximus with Ági Margittay and Antal Páger

DETAILS

Director: Radvanyi Geza

Script: Balazs Bela, Radvanyi Geza, Mariassy Judit

Cinematography: Barnabas Hegyi

Art Direction: PanJozsef, Benda Miklos

Editing: Felix Mariassy

Music: BudayDenes

Assistant director: Avis Nohra

Color: Black & White

Duration: 100’

Cast: Horvath Laci (Kuksi) SomlayArtur (Simon Peter pianist) GaborMiklos (Hosszu) Banki (Zsuzsa the girl) GyorgyBardy(Police Commissioner)

FESTIVAL / AWARDS: 1948, Locarno International Film Festival. 2nd prize

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