Don't Cry, Pretty Girls!
Szép lányok, ne sírjatok!, Hungarian music drama, colour, 1970, by Márta Mészáros, Language: Hungarian, Subtitles: English, 85’
Directed by Márta Mészáros
Screenplay by Péter Zimre
Director of photography: János Kende
Music by János Baksa Soós, Levente Szörényi, Miklós Orszácky, Zorán Sztevanovity, László Tolcsvay, Károly Freinreisz
Cast: Márk Zala, Jarka Schallerová, Lajos Balázsovits, Péter Blaskó, István Bujtor, Erzsi Hegedűs, Ildikó Piros, Ila Schütz
Production: MAFILM 1. Játékfilmstúdió
Five boys and a girl make up a gang and are fans of Beat bands, following them from concert to concert. Juli, fiancée of one of the boys, falls in love with a musician and travels to the countryside with him for a gig. The jealous fiancé and his friends go after them and the whole affair comes close to violence when suddenly the lover allows Juli to make her own choice. This noble gesture rekindles Juli’s true love for him. The film analyses gradually loosening social structures in the Beat age within the framework of the dominant topic of the director (the decisions and freedom of women), while the biggest Beat bands of the 1960s play. The work is a precise imprint of the partying/depressive atmosphere pervading Europe in the wake of the suppression of the various popular movements of 1968.