These images shot exactly 100 years ago on November 16, 1919 in Budapest are one of the most important moving image documents of 20th century Hungarian history.
Only one copy of the original footage survived, and in bad condition, as it was copied numerous times during socialism for counter-propaganda purposes in the era's documentaries. Throughout these decades the footage was damaged and shortened, which is visible on the newly released video. The images documenting the monumental political event were replaced several times and some edits were destroyed by the intense usage. On the centenary, historians of the Hungarian National Film Fund's Film Archive did a thorough research to identify all images of the silent films and reconstruct the original sequence. Narration was added to the newly released version to help guide the audience through the 100 year old grandiose national celebration and name those appearing onscreen.
The film was made by MAFILM's predecessor, Corvin film factory in Zugló, which celebrated its centenary in 2017. Three popular feature film directors created the footages with 5 cameramen, who were often facing each other while recording, so they also appeared on some of the footages. Premiere of the film news report titled The National Army's Arrival in Budapest took place in Szeged (instead of Budapest) at Korzó cinema on November 1919, as a gesture to Horthy's counter-revolution and the new government.
This is also the series' last episode. From August, 2018 we uploaded videos each week about a 100 year old Hungary's everyday life based on an Archive employee, Galina Torma' research. Thanks to the immense amount of work, now a filmed historical tableau is available for the public, presenting Hungary's history from the Monarchy and the Dictatorship of the Proletariat to Miklós Horthy's arrival in Budapest. It was a fascinating time-travel experience and an exciting investigation from beginning to end, during which we also found footages of historical figures, such as Gyula Krúdy, Sándor Márai and Michael Curtiz, which will also be published by the Archive in the near future.