Selected by the Festival: CONFERENCE AND DVD-ROM: THE ETHNOGRAPHIC FILM: MUSEUMS, DOCUMENTATION, SCIENCE 2006, Zagreb, Croatia
Year of production: 2005
Country of production: Hungary
Production: Néprajzi Múzeum / Museum of Ethnography
Country Documentary: Hungary
Directed by: János Tari
Part I. The structure of the earliest roundabouts is the same as that of a mill: the heart is a large wooden axel. At first, roundabouts were moved manually, then by horses, steam and finally by an electric engine. The pleasure arises from the physical experience of the spinning motion which seems fast, and from the beauty of the ornamentation of the structure. In this film, interviews with Hungarian fairground people are confirmed or counterpointed by the opinions of French and Hungarian experts. By juxtaposing archive and contemporary footage we demonstrate the transformations of the tradition of rounabouts.
Part II. The everyday life of migrant fun fair operators is the filter through which we view the social and economic factors of the 20th and early 21st century that define the life and work of this social group. Hungary’s accession to the EU has presented new challenegs and difficulties to them continuing their traditional trade and lifestyle. Interest in their services has decreased considerably, so this once thriving form of business is now on the decline.
Date of the projection:
29/04/2007 3:30 pm
Location of the projection: Cinema Multisala Modena (viale S. Francesco D'Assisi, 6 – Trento)