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
Few films unveil the beauty and decay behind being alive as Szindbád. As a dandy gentleman contemplates countless conquests of women in his life, a deep longing strikes him like an arrow through the heart. A life of hedonism has a price to pay. All kinds of earthly delights are sensuously shot through macro-lenses to the point of abstraction. No matter how seductive this film is, Huszárik's humanism never deceives.
An absolutely ravishing film which brings to life the idea that your whole life flashes before your eyes right before you die. In this case, it's the life of a Don Juan-type, who recalls the many sensuous and erotic encounters of his life, while other memories fleetingly dance by (some for only a couple of frames) into the ether as the mind fades away. A dazzling, lyrical film which I will surely revisit many times.