Love (1971 film)

Directed by Károly Makk
Written by Péter Bacsó
Tibor Déry (novel)
Starring Lili Darvas
Mari Törőcsik
Cinematography János Tóth
Edited by György Sívó
Distributed by Ajay Film Company (USA)
Release dates
  • 21 January 1971 (1971-01-21)
Running time
84 minutes
Country Hungary
Language Hungarian

Love (Hungarian: Szerelem) is a 1971 Hungarian drama film directed by Károly Makk. Based on two short stories by Tibor Déry, Szerelem (1956) and Két asszony (1962), it stars Lili Darvas and Mari Törőcsik. The film was selected as the Hungarian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 44th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[1]

Today, Love is considered a classic of world cinema by critics including Derek Malcolm and Roger Ebert. The film was selected for screening as part of the Cannes Classics section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.[2]


Historical background

In 1953 after the death of Soviet premier Joseph Stalin many arrested people were released in Hungary. In Love, Makk tells the story of a young Hungarian woman whose husband has been arrested by the secret police, and who eases his mother's last months with the tale that her son is in America.


Love won three prizes, including the Jury Prize at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival.[3] It has also been acclaimed in recent years; Derek Malcolm ranked it one of The Guardian's 100 best films of the 20th century.

See also


  1. Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  2. "Cannes Classics 2016". Cannes Film Festival. 20 April 2016. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  3. "Festival de Cannes: Love". Retrieved 2009-04-12.
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