Often called a “film poem” or a “film symphonie” Huszárik’s masterpiece consists of montages of horses from the dawn of time to the modern times from cave paintings to horse races, mourning the loss of these creatures and their service to mankind, starting as free animals and becoming slaughterhouse victims. The film is generally regarded as an allegory to the human fate.
Zoltán Huszárik (born József Zoltán Huszárik, May 14, 1931 – October 15, 1981) was an influental Hungarian film director, screenwriter, visual artist and occasional actor, an acclaimed auteur of the European modern art film.
Huszárik was born in the small village of Domony, Hungary. His father died when he was two years old. Being an only child, Huszárik had an adoring relationship with his widowed mother. His background had a great influence on his work.
He was accepted to the Hungarian School of Film and Theatrical Arts, but was expelled in 1952 because his family was blamed to be Kulaks. He took on different jobs, when—after a seven-year hiatus—he was again accepted to the film school in 1959. In the same year he made his first student film, a short entitled Játék/Game about two prisoners playing chess with the shadow of their bars when the sun shines unto their cell. Huszárik’s graduation film was another short entitled Groteszk/Grotesque in 1963… read more
Great short! Loved how the images of horse faces came back throughout the film. In this movie the horses stay real beings, while humans are a faceless and autonomous process that happens to them.