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The Boys of Paul Street

A Pál utcai fiúk

Zoltán Fábri | Hungary; U.S.A. | 1968 | Unclassified (All Ages)

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Wednesday 13 May 2020


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A turf war erupts between two rival gangs of young boys in this adaptation of a classic Hungarian novel

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, this American-Hungarian co-production is adapted from one of the most well-known Hungarian works of literature. As in Ferenc Molnár’s 1906 youth novel of the same name, the Paul Street boys are forced to wage a pseudo-military campaign to defend their turf – an abandoned lumberyard in Budapest – from their older and bigger enemies.

Zoltán Fábri's favourite actress Mari Törőcsik, seen in his adored classic Merry-Go-Round 13 years earlier and in Károly Makk’s Love (1970), plays the mother of little Nemecsek (British child actor Anthony Kemp), who remains one of the most indelible – and instructive – characters in all of Hungarian fiction and film.  

Format: Digital
Language: Hungarian with English subtitles
Runtime: 110 min

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110 mins


Unclassified (All Ages)

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