On the occasion of film director Istvan Szabó's seventieth birthday, the National Gallery of Art has scheduled a retrospective of his works, for February 9-March 2. Szabó will be present on the concluding weekend of the series (March 1-2) to introduce the programs. The retrospective includes the director's most widely acclaimed work alongside a number of rarely seen early productions. Twelve Szabó films will be shown during the 3-week retrospective, including such well-known movies as “Mephisto,” “Colonel Redl,” “Meeting Venus,” “Being Julia,” and “Sunshine.” In introductory remarks to the retrospective, the National Gallery's program guide says, “His narratives appear as recurring explorations of the influence of history on individual lives and interpersonal relationships.” It adds, “While Szabó has explored various forms of filmic representation, the most characteristic aspects of his cinema remain rooted in the fate of twentieth-century Central Europe.” This last sentence should strike a chord with Hungarian-Americans living in the Washington, D.C. area.

Szabó's films will be shown on February 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, March 1, 2. For further information, see the Gallery's “Film Program, Winter 2008” at (Click on “Programs and Events,” then click on “Film Programs,” then click on “Film Calendar,” for show times and film titles.)


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