János vitéz, Hungarian animation, colour, 1973, dir: Marcell Jankovics, Language: Hungarian, Subtitles: English, 79'
Szent István square
Supporting film: Struggle
Directed by Marcell Jankovics
Screenplay by Marcell Jankovics, Tamás Szabó-Sipos, Péter Szoboszlay
Director of photography: Csaba Nagy, Irén Henrik, Klári Kassai, Attila Csepela, Judit Körmöczy, Mária Pataki, Ida Székely, Ágnes Juhász, Tibor Méhl, Zoltán Bacsó
Music by János Gyulai Gaál
Cast (voices): György Cserhalmi, Anikó Nagy, György Bárdi
Production: Pannónia Filmstúdió
Marcell Jankovics started making full-length animation films with his adaptation of the tale of Johnny Corncob released in 1973. The gloriously technicoloured, musical cartoon blending folk art and Art Nouveau was made for the 150th anniversary of the birth of poet Sándor Petőfi. This was the first work in the oeuvre of Marcell Jankovics in which the centuries-old values of Hungarian culture were transplanted into animation. In its debut year alone more than 1.5 million cinema tickets were sold, since when it has remained one of the top favourites of Hungarian audiences.
The Struggle / Küzdők (Directed by Marcell Jankovics), 1977, black and white, 3'
NFI Hungary – Film Archive
Guests: Béla Ternovszky director, Zoltán Bacsó cinematographer
Moderator: Dóra Prokopp
Before the screening, Johnny Corncob flashmob with the audience. Everybody is welcome, admission is free.