The cast of Singing on the Treadmill (1974)
The cast of Singing on the Treadmill (1974)
Singing on the Treadmill (1974)

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Singing on the Treadmill

Gyula Gazdag | Hungary | 1974 | Unclassified (15+)

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This lively parody, both kitsch and caustic, takes aim at the paternalistic rule of János Kádár as two zany librettists attempt to cast their new operetta. Against the drab background of communist regulation, the intermittent hues of bubble gum pink lighting and social resistance, Gazdag creates a work of surrealist cinematic dissent. Praised as one of the most original of Hungarian filmmakers, the iconoclast Gazdag was a visible target, leading to many of his films, including this one, being initially banned in his home country.

Digital restoration courtesy of the Hungarian National Film Institute.

Format: DCP
Language: Hungarian with English subtitles
Source: Hungarian National Film Institute
Duration: 76 mins



76 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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