People of the Mountains

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People of the Mountains
Directed byIstván Szőts
Written byJózsef Nyírő (stories)
István Szőts
StarringAlice Szellay
János Görbe
Péterke Ferency
József Bihari
Music byFerenc Farkas
CinematographyFerenc Fekete
Edited byZoltán Kerényi
Distributed byHunnia Filmgyár
Release date
Running time
88 minutes

People of the Mountains (Hungarian: Emberek a havason) is a 1942 Hungarian drama film directed by István Szőts and starring Alice Szellay, János Görbe, Péterke Ferency. The film is set in the Székely woodcutting community of Transylvania; the film's plot was based on a series of short stories by József Nyírő. The film was exhibited at the 1942 Venice Film Festival, where it was widely praised;[1] the film's style has been suggested as an influence on the emerging Italian neorealism.[2] It was not granted an exhibition certificate in Nazi Germany because Joseph Goebbels considered it "too Catholic".[3]


The film was shot on location in Transylvania which had been occupied by Hungarian troops following the Second Vienna Award during the Second World War while interior scenes were filmed at the Hunnia Film Studio in Budapest; the film was originally conceived as a short film, but studios bosses agreed to make it a feature film as long as costs could be kept low. Szőts had a relatively small film crew, and cast largely unknown actors in the leading roles.[4]



  1. ^ Cunningham p.53
  2. ^ Cunningham p.56
  3. ^ Cunningham p.57
  4. ^ Cunningham p.53-54
  5. ^ MaNDA's file : "Emberek a havason". Informations (in Hungarian). Magyar Nemzeti Digitális Archívum és Filmintézet (MaNDA). 2012. Archived from the original (html) on 2016-04-18. Retrieved 2018-10-06.


  • Cunningham, John. Hungarian Cinema: From Coffee House to Multiplex. Wallflower Press, 2004.

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