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[rohrpost] 1989.Die Revolution im Fernsehen.
Gusztav Hamos on 5 Oct 2001 09:07:03 -0000

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[rohrpost] 1989.Die Revolution im Fernsehen.

Am 08.10.2001 um 00.20 Uhr läuft im ZDF

"1989.Die Revolution im Fernsehen."

Ein Video von Gusztáv Hámos
Produktion: FMS/ZDF, Das kleine Fernsehspiel
1991, 16 mm, BETA SP, PAL, 59 min, Berlin/Budapest

Das Video wurde mit zahlreichen Preisen ausgezeichnet:
1991	Decerne le prix Saint-Gervai 4e SIV Geneve mjc, Schweiz
1992	Hauptpreis, DokumentART, Neubrandenburg
1992	The Best Discovery Video Award, Nouvo Cinema de Montreal, Canada
1993	Golden Gate Award, Special Jury Award, SFilm Festival San Francisco 

    "1 9 8 9"     T H E     R E A L     P O W E R     O F     T V

In Romania the fighting was not jet over, when Gusztav Hamos, a 
Hungarian film-maker living in Berlin, left for Hungary in December 
1989, for the first time, since he had left his country of birth without 
permission ten years earlier. He wanted to make a film about censorship 
at the Hungarian Television, about news-analysis, news-casters and 
reading news altogether contrary to what they had been broadcasting for 
years, facial expression and tone of voice unchanged.

Day after day, Hamos watched broadcasts from Romania together with his 
grandmother at the dinner table. His grandmother just went upstairs to 
fetch the Christmas-tree ornaments from the attic when Ceausescu was 
sentenced and put to death.

The grandmother's personal point of view is brought into contrast with 
the revolution going on on TV in this video essay, interlaced with 
archival news footage from the Hungarian uprising in '56 through the '68 
Prague Spring to the events in the Eastern European countries and China 
in '89, and talks of
television journalists, news-presenters and news-casters.

"...because it has come all of a sudden in a very brutal way, maybe you 
understand what that media is, that you keep in your hand. Normally you 
don't understand it, you don't feel it, but then you felt that you can 
make people march, you can make people reach after weapons, you can make 
people topple leaders and parties and systems in a historic situation, 
in a historicmoment like that. So I think it was a good lesson to 
everybody who makes television now." (Endre Aczel, former chief of the 
news department in Hungaryan TV)
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