Cinema Chats: Ferenc Török’s “1945”
December 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pmDonation
Film critic Michael Sragow will be joining us virtually over Zoom to discuss the award-winning Hungarian drama film directed by Ferenc Török, 1945 (2017). The year is 1945 and the war in Europe has ended. Two Orthodox Jews, father and son, get off the train near a small Hungarian town. They have two wooden crates and hire a wagon driver to transport them into town. There are no Jews left in the town, as all have perished. The presence of the two men stirs up the emotions of the town’s citizens. Wartime secrets and betrayals are revealed.
This program will be moderated by Lucy Shahar.
The film is available to stream in advance on:
Amazon Prime $1 rental
$4 rental on YouTube, Google Play, Apple TV.
Free for subscribers on Vudu and Tubi
Michael Sragow is a contributing editor for Film Comment. His biography, Victor Fleming: An American Movie Master (2008), was co-winner of the 2009 Marfield Prize (also known as the National Award for Arts Writing). He edited Produce and Abandoned: The National Society of Film Critics Write on the Best Films You’ve Never Seen (1990), and the Library of America’s two volumes of James Agee’s prose (2005). He also wrote for and curated “The Moviegoer,” a biweekly feature for the Library of America website. He was the first regular movie critic for Rolling Stone. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Criterion Collection and The New York Times. He was one of the first programmers for the Criterion Channel and has been a member of the National Society of Film Critics and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association since 1979. In 2019, he wrote, researched, and coproduced the TCM documentary Image Makers: The Adventures of America’s Pioneer Cinematographers.