Gloomy Sunday

Gloomy Sunday

DVD - 2006 | German
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Budapest in the thirties. The restaurant owner Laszlo hires the pianist András to play in his restaurant. Both men fall in love with the beautiful waitress Ilona, who inspires András to his only composition.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [2006]
ISBN: 9781419833700
Branch Call Number: DVD GERMAN GLOOMY
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 114 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Jun 28, 2016

Decent film, very well acted.
Pretty well made.
Not a completely unique view of the times.
Joachim Krol is familar as one of "the Insp. Brunetti's".
Took me two attempts to finding it "gripping", but I liked it.

Nov 11, 2014

Half truth, half fiction, ubervillains, great actors portraying great characters in a great story involving steamy sex and somber song in an interesting apartment in an interesting city during a historic time with no good deeds going unpunished - a grand finale...what more could a person over 12 ask for? Viewer should be comfortable with subtitles.

theorbys Sep 19, 2013

Well made and rather gloomy. You kept sensing the inevitable bearing down on these people.

Jul 15, 2012

An absorbing, somber German film, (hence the title), surprisingly honest in its portrayal of a time I'm sure they would much rather forget. The actors are excellent, every one, although I was captivated with the strikingly beautiful Erika Marozsán as Ilona. The romantic triangle felt a bit contrived, ridiculous at times, (a cozy three-way picnic?), but the entire piece compensated for it (great ending). I found this film because of the history and shroud of urban legend surrounding the song, that people who hear it commit suicide. It was written in 1933 by Hungarian composer Rezsö Seress, became an international hit, was recorded by such artists as Artie Shaw and Billie Holiday, (and later Bjork and Elvis Costello), and Heather Nova, whose version closes the film. The song was banned until 2002 by the BBC because of its allegedly depressing effect. In January 1968, thirty five years after writing the song, composer Seress did commit suicide in Budapest. Fascinating stuff (to me). Spooky. FIVE STARS.

Jul 09, 2012

It is a very good movie, probably one of the best of its kind. Very romantic, sensual, tragic ( it's WWII time), and with an unexpected ending. Mostly suited for adults. Enjoy!

Jan 19, 2012

Old-fashioned love triangle built around the title tune(made famous in the U.S. by Billie Holiday), which came to be known as "The Suicide Song." A genial restaurateur hires a moody young man to play piano in his establishment, little dreaming that the woman he loves will be torn between them. Romantic, sexy, and evocative of an earlier era (and ts films).


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Jul 15, 2012

Ilona: "Stop arguing! We're supposed to be celebrating." László (drunk): "Easy for you, you've got all you need. You have two men, and each of us only half a woman." András: "Right." László: "Whose fault is it that we argue..." András: "...and suffer!" László: "And suffer!" (Ilona walks off) It's about time that was said!" András: "Exactly."

Jul 15, 2012

Col. Wieck: "As long as I'm here, nothing will happen to you. Don't worry. But... we could save a few of your people." László: "My people?" Col. Wieck: "I mean Jews. Of course, getting them out will cost... jewelry, silver, gold, even currency. But only Swiss francs and dollars. No penguis and no reichsmarks. To cover expenses." László: "I see." Col. Wieck: "We can keep people from going up a chimney." László: "Germans have such lovely expressions... blitzkrieg, going up a chimney. So vivid. You picture someone being shoved in at the bottom... and floating out at the top, with wings on their back." Col. Wieck: "Is that supposed to be funny? Angels coming out the chimney? What's happening here is Hell!" László: "Your right. And the devils are increasing in number every day."

Jul 15, 2012

Col. Wieck: "A thousand dollars per person is the minimum... That's really not that much. If a person is 27 when they leave the country, say, and lives to be 70... then they've had 43 years, or 516 months, more of life." László: "So it works out to less than $2 a month for their lives. Nothing really, when you consider what rent alone costs..." Col. Wieck: "We can forget it. Then it won't cost your friends anything, except their lives."

Jul 15, 2012

László (after András' funeral): "I think I just understood the message of "Gloomy Sunday". Ilona: "That András was always seeking?" László: "...I think the song says every person has his dignity. We get hurt. We get insulted. And we can stand it as long as we can hang on to a last shred of dignity. But if one bucket of shit after another is dumped on your head... perhaps it's better to depart this world. To leave... but with dignity." Ilona (weeping): "Who says you have to go? You can stay and fight for happiness." László: "There are those who can. (starts weeping as well) András wasn't one of them."


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