IL CUORE DEL TIRANNO
(A zsarnok szíve, avagy Boccaccio Magyarországon)
1981, regia di Miklós Jancsó
Scheda: Nazione: Ungheria-Italia - Produzione: Magfilm Studio Budapest, Bocca di Leone Cinematografica, Radiotelevisione Italiana - Distribuzione: Prism Pictures, Troma, Hungarofilm - Soggetto: da una novella di Boccaccio - Sceneggiatura: Giovanna Gagliardo, Giovanna Gagliardo, Gyula Hernádi, Miklós Jancsó - Fotografia: Janós Kende - Formato: Color - Durata: 88'.
Cast: Erzsi Cserhalmi, Teresa Ann Savoy, György Cserhalmi, Ninetto Davoli, László Gálffi, Géza Hegedüs D., József Madaras, László Márkus, Zoltán Papp, Anikó Sáfár.
Trama e commenti: filmscoop.it - spettacoli.tiscali.it - www.film.tv.it: «Da una novella di Boccaccio, una metafora sulla violenza del potere. L'allestimento di uno spettacolo da parte di una compagnia di attori girovaghi italiani in una corte straniera viene osteggiato in tutte le maniere. Utilizzando effetti ottici e gli artifici della macchina teatrale, il regista magiaro "dinamizza" l'unitŕ di spazio su cui lavora».
Plot Summary, Synopsis, Review: IMDb - videoguide.ru - movies2.nytimes.com - kinox.ru - entertainment.msn.com: «It is the 15th c. in Hungary. And young prince Gaspar (Laszlo Galffy) was sent off to Italy when he was just two years old, and now he has come back to his father's castle as a grown man, with a troupe of actors in tow. Once arrived at the castle, he discovers his mother is in a kind of trance state, reportedly drinking the blood of virgins to keep her forever young (just like the infamous Bloody Lady Elizabeth Bathory). Gaspar's father has died in very mysterious circumstances - some say it was a bear that killed him (another symbolical, legendary animal in European lore) and others say he was done in by the Turks. Meanwhile, his uncle says the trance-like queen was really in love with him - and sometimes he says not. Yet they marry, and when she comes out of her mesmerized state for awhile she tells Gaspar that just like his friends, none of the castle's inhabitants are real, they are all actors and she is actually younger than he is - and then she falls back into her trance. As Gaspar seems to have nowhere to turn, a Turk comes into the picture to test him for his worthiness to rule, and says he (the Turk) is really Gaspar's father. The tests turn out negative, and Gaspar is told he cannot be king. There seems to be no choice but to leave the castle with his troupe of actors, and as the castle opens up onto a vast field, he and his friends - and an underhanded Turkish priest - make a dash for freedom, hoping to elude the weaponry of the Turkish guards behind them» (Eleanor Mannikka, All Movie Guide).
Conosciuto anche con i titoli: The Tyrant's Heart or Boccacio in Hungary; Boccacio in Hungary.
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