Life on the Hortobagy

Synopsis: Essentially a documentary about the lives of the Hungarian Hortobagy plains horsemen and peasants, with a slight fictional storyline to hang it all on. The coming of 'machines' threatens the way of life of these peoples, and most of them want no contact with tractors or even bicycles. But not everyone agrees.
Genre: Drama
79 min

his wine in the tavern

The poor lift/e bird

finds no rest

It flies from

one branch to the next...

A lone/y guy as I am

/ find no rest either

A lone/y guy as I am

/ find no rest either

/'m a cowboy m yse/lj

from top to toe,

Not like others,

who make it for sham.

There my herd is grazing,

My darling violet.

There the y're grazing,

There the y're grazing,

Six gray foals alone,

with no horseman.

Al/ the six though, all the six though

Wear copper fetters to force them.

Come on darling,

let's snatch those grey foals

Rasp down, file ofi'

those copper fetters.

Hide the bicycle pump,

father must not see it.

Jancsi will be glad.

To the devil with the bicycle!

- I saved up three years for it.

- A csikos doesn't need a bicycle!

Everyone is catching horses

for the market,

while you play with that

rubbishy machine.

Come here, Jancsi.

Embracing, embracing,

Embracing my gray horse...

- Come on, lmre.

- l'm coming.

L'll drive the big herd to market

with Mihly, you drive the others.

That's Jancsi's job, he is the csikos!

I don't want a csikos

with a bicycle.

Anyway, do what I tell you.

Here is my whip, you will

need it at the market.

- And you'?

- I don't need it any more.

- You don't need it any more'?

- No.

- All the best.

- Thank you, good bye.

- Mihly, ride back and

fetch Jancsi. - l'm going.

You can only stay here

if your father allows it.

Will you keep me fortoday'?

Yes, but tomorrow

l'll speak to your father.

Is she going to the market too'?

- Who'?

- Srkny's widow.

How should I know'?

She has never been there.

- Where are you going'?

- To the market.

- To Kovcs, the head csikos'?

- Yes.

- But you have never been there.

- Now l'm going.

Well, I never! She's going --

I want to see him once again

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Zsigmond Móricz

Zsigmond Móricz (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈʒiɡmond ˈmoːrit͡s]; 29 June 1879, Tiszacsécse – 4 September 1942) was a major Hungarian novelist and Social Realist. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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