The Annunciation
movie

The Annunciation

Director: András Jeles

Year: 1984

Plot: When Adam and Eve, having succumbed to Lucifer's temptation, are cast out of the Garden of Eden, Adam holds Lucifer to his promise, reminding him that "You said I would know everything!" So Lucifer grants Adam a dream of the world to come. And what a bizarre dream: Adam becomes Miltiades in Athens; a knight called Tancred in Byzantium; Kepler in Prague; Danton in revolutionary Paris; and a nameless suitor in Victorian London. Guided by a deceptively sweet but ultimately contemptuous Lucifer, Adam confronts an endless procession of the horror of the human story - rapists and concubines, betrayal and savagery, mindless cruelty and fanaticism.
Original Title: Angyali üdvözlet
Director: András Jeles
Writer: Imre Madách , András Jeles
Type: movie
Year: 1984
Genres: Drama
Cast: Péter Gábor Ali , Peter Benczur , Ferenc Schwetz , Gábor Szikszai , Sándor Zoboki , András Ábrahám , Éva Gabriella Ferencz , Katalin Köhler , Mónika Oláh , Ildikó Zilizi , Bulcsu Bakóczi , Klára Balogh , László Berki , Zoltán Berki , Lili Cseh , Bernadett Desztics , Ágota Kevy , Tamás Bozóki , Rita Fata , János Gábor Fábis , András Tóth , Tamás Török , Enikö Eszeny , Zsolt Gabor , Tibor Gérnyi , Csilla Gévai , Mónika Hatvani , Gergö Imre , Péter Kapocsi , Henrietta Királyházi , Szilvia Kozári , Timea Köszegi , Emese Máj , Flóra Petö , Márk Petö , Bori Rutkai , Szilárd Schir , Anna Sebestyén , Levente Simon , Borbála Szakács , Rita Széles , Tibor Mátyás Sándor , Zsolt Takács , Hedvig Tumbász , Gábor Vanderer , Bernadett Varga , Vanda Várnai , Márta Zalavári , István Gál , Attila Kathi , Károly Keller , Zsolt Schmidt , Zoltán Sáfár , Anna Gréts , Timea Horváth , Katalin Huszár , Mónika Jenei , Katalin Oláh , Judit Scher , Gabriella Tóth , Andrea Kerekes , Csaba Erös , Vera Hamburger , Judit Zsolnai , Sándor Tóth , Péter Bocsor , Júlia Mérö , Eszter Gyalog , György Belme , Róbert Borók , Attila Dobay , Evelin Fehér , Réka Gévai , Ferenc Foltányi , Mariann Kaposi , László Jenei , Attila Rácz , András Papp Takács , Marcell Tóth , Andor Lukáts , Tamás Karácsony , Simon Gévai , Peter Petrik
Runtimes: 100
Countries: Hungary
Languages: Hungarian
Color Info: Color
Sound Mix: Mono
Original Air Date: 20 Sep 1984 (Hungary)
Rating: 6.4
Votes: 567
Year: 1984
Akas: The Annunciation (World-wide, English title) , The Annunciation (United States) , The Annunciation (Canada, English title) , The Annunciation (Egypt, English title) , The Annunciation (Singapore, English title)
Production Companies: Mafilm
Distributors: Award Films International , Hungarofilm
Synopsis: Angyali üdvözlet, aka "The Annunciation", is a surreal account of the history of humanity as portrayed entirely by children between the ages of 8 and 12. The film begins with the biblical story as Adam (Péter Bocsor) and Eve (Júlia Mérö), are deceived by Lucifer (Eszter Gyalog) -- three very photogenic leads -- into tasting the "Forbidden Fruit". They are thus chased out of the Garden of Eden by the Angel of Death and, in a vision, sent on an existential journey through western European history. Always followed closely and influenced by the deceptively sweet, but contemptuous Lucifer, we follow Adam through The Plague, wars, Byzantium's wretched cripples, the French Revolution, the squalor of Dickensian London, and a final return to the scene of the crucifixion. Of course the picture makes a case for its premise -- that of the consequences of Original Sin -- yet does so in a very unique way. In the closing scene, Lucifer says, "Why did I strive to achieve greatness in man, who is...in knowlege a pygmy, in blindness a giant?" This reflects the somewhat nihilistic view of a nation still under the boot of Soviet communism. This rare movie may be one of the best (and only child-starred) art films ever.
Cinematographer: Sándor Kardos
Production Manager: Péter Kornai , László Berta , Károly Rozsnyay
Composer: István Márta
Editor: Margit Galamb
Editorial Department: László Kovács , Géza Fülöp , Zsuzsa Pósán
Sound Crew: Péter Laczkovich , Attila Madaras
Music Department: László Melis
Miscellaneous Crew: István Jávor , Kriszta Götze , Mónika Hajnal , Dorottya Illyés , Zoltán Pataki , Viktor Szakács , Gábor Kovács , Éva Angyalosi , László Vincze , Emi Anda , Géza Buda , Zsuzsanna Gábor , István Mózes , Bea Szabó , Zsuzsa Szollár
Costume Designer: Attila Kovács
Make Up: Zsuzsa Uhrin
Assistant Director: Éva Timár , Éva Kálmán , István Molnár , Árpád Sopsits
Art Department: Ferenc Heisz , Róza Bálint
Camera and Electrical Department: Béla Ferenczy , László Richter , Károly Stocker
Set Decoration: Attila Kovács , Éva Tímár
Costume Department: Zsuzsa Pártényi
Production Design: Attila Kovács
Script Department: Sándor Fábry