Dalolva szép az élet (1950) Poster

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A piece of communist propaganda
meitschi18 August 2000
I saw this film on Hungarian television in December 1999. It is one of those communist propaganda movies that were common in the era between 1949 and 1953.

The film is about a tremendously bad factory choir. A young worker (Imre Soós) and his pretty girlfriend (Violetta Ferrari) want to change this and take in new members. After some conflicts, the choir becomes good and even famous. Before this aim is achieved, however, the heroes have to fight against some villains: the self-centered conductor of the choir (Samu Balázs) and a young factory worker (Imre Pongrácz), who not only imitates American dancing and clothing styles (!), but also becomes a thief.

The film should be seen as pure propaganda and as a document of its time, but is - as such - quite watchable. Kálmán Latabár's performance does have comic impact even today, and the musical performances (especially famous opera singer József Simándy singing the aria "Hazám, hazám" from Ferenc Erkel's opera "Bánk bán") also have good quality.
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