It is the 15th c. in Hungary. And young prince Gaspar (Laszlo Galffy) was sent off to Italy when he was just two years old, and now he has come back to his father’s castle as a grown man, with a troupe of actors in tow.
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Jancsó reinvents himself as a post-modern MC in a historicist playhouse, and pushes the Shakespearean metaphor of politics-as-theatre beyond its breaking point, implying an imminent disintegration of the political system almost a decade before the fact.