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Istvan Szabo

18 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 03 December 2012

Istvan Szabo was born in Budapest in 1938 and the films that led to him becoming the most acclaimed Hungarian director of his generation have frequently drawn on the struggles between conscience and ideology that he both experienced and witnessed at first-hand in post-war central Europe. His latest film The Door stars Helen Mirren as a Hungarian novelist's maid. He talks to Phillip Bergson about his life and career.

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  • Istvan Szabo

    Istvan Szabo

    Photo: Hungarian Cultural Centre London.



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