Episodes of the Life of Professor F. M.

Document  |   b&w  |   1987  |   110'

The film is about Ferenc Méria, one of the most important Hungarian psychologists, who remained faithful to his work in an age of political turmoil.(BBS Catalog 1961-91)
"Ferenc Mérei (1909-1986), the prominent scientist of Hungarian psychology, not long before his death, was the subject of Péter Forgács' film, created in coproduction with Balázs Béla Studio. The cinematographers of the film were Péter Forgács and András Mész.  "My adolescence was very stormy, as I went through it... I do not know why, but somehow I was attracted by irregularity. The irregularity more or less was that I joint various odd and extreme groups. This is how I first got into the group of Palasovszky, but than shortly to Kassák. You can see in this picture too, that I am wearing a Russian shirt. I wore the Russian shirt because of Kassák...- How did the Professor meet him? - I do not know anymore, dear. As if I had known him ever in my life� However, the real encounter was in Magdolna street, in the Vasas Headquaters, in 1927-28. When he came home to Hungary. At the time his wife, Jolán Simon established a recite choir in Magdolna street, and he arrived there from Wienna� It can be found in A person's life. Well, about Kassák you can say: he was an amateur... Look at his pictures: he did not study anything. He did not study painting, he did not study anything, or writing poems... These are ancient elements... Later I looked at Kassák as the forefather of our whole tribe, he created actually, with him started the Hungarian avantgarde. I really endeared Kasi. I did not go to the recite choir, but I always went to the Seman cafeteria, where he got together with some people. Among others with me too. And than we talked about and did the life. I have to add I was a real hardliner, a Stalinist liner. Of course, I did not know at the time what Stalinism is, but I was a hardliner. And he was already a real maverick. Avantguardist. And so we got together in the Seman cafeteria, we met there. That time I wrote some articles for his paper, the Work, under some kind of pen name, I do not know anymore what name. Whatever. Kassák turned my attention toward my unrest also. Well, this was how I realized that I am hectic. This restlessness accompanied my life indeed."( 


Director: Péter Forgács Cinematographer: András Mész, Péter Forgács Screenwriter: Cutter: Panni Kornis Production manager: Tamás Kardos Sound engineer: Béla Prohászka Contributor: Zsuzsa Mérei Coworker: Pál Dombai, Gábor Ferenczi, Tamás Kardos, Tibor Kiss, Jenő Koltai Music: Eric Satie Maker: BBS

The Béla Balázs Studio

The Béla Balázs Studio was born in 1959 as a grassroot initiative of young filmmakers engaged in the renewal of Hungarian cinematorgraphy, and became institutionalized in 1961 due to the support from the cultural policy-makers of post-56 consolidation.
In the 70s, the BBS, besides young filmmakers graduated from the Hungarian Film Academy, also started to admit “outsiders” in its ranks. Throughout the decade, the Studio was a site of passionate debates animating a progressive workshop atmosphere where experimental, conceptual tendencies competed with documentarist approaches engaged in a social transformation.
Breaking with the avant-guardist attitude, the BBS in the 80s became a free space of “institutional dissidence” characteristic of the time, and a major workshop of Hungarian video-art that by documenting the process of democratization contributed substantially to the deconstruction of state-socialism in Hungary.
Questioning its raison d’etre, the dominant cultural policies of the 90s doomed the workshop to slow atrophy. The Balázs Béla Studio signed its last production in 2005 and ceased to exist in 2010.

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