A Date in Hungarian History: April 30, 1901
Scene from the third version of the csárdás
The first Hungarian film, “A táncz” (The Dance), a black-and-white silent film made in 1901, will have its 120th anniversary on April 30, 2021. (In those days, the letter "c" was spelled "cz".) See the full story...
Úr – Asszony – Katona
The so-called "Standard of Ur", in the British Museum
Dr. Bobula Ida was one of the 20th century pioneers who devoted her life to researching Hungarian-Sumerian relations. She found that over 4,000 Hungarian words can be traced back to their Sumerian origins. This is the text of one of her articles. EPF See the full story...
Dr. Bobula Ida
Unlike the names of persons in science, literature and history, performers’ fame is not necessarily remembered from the pre-motion-picture world of drama. Only the limited stratum of privileged ones had access and a chance to frequent theaters. And only the most outstanding talents’ names survived oblivion.
For baby boomers and their successors, it is almost inconceivable that motion pictures were once only black-and-white, and silent. Until 1927, a piano player provided sound for movies. Color entered the screen only in the late 1930’s.
The first Hungarian motion picture, “A táncz” (“The Dance”, see elsewhere in this issue) was made at the turn of the century and came out in 1901. Our heroine, born in 1879, followed in the footsteps of two memorable giants, Jászai Mari and Blaha Lujza, nicknamed “the nation’s nightingale” by the writer Jókai Mór. They all straddled the advent of the movies, but their fame was established by their live performances.
Yet, a name that echoes in the memory of most Hungarians who lived in the 20th century is indisputably that of Fedák Sári, known by a familial and familiar moniker, Zsazsa (obvious precursor of the similarly risqué Gábor variety a generation or two later).
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Olga Vállay Szokolay
Magyar Treasures: Written Embroidery/Írásos hímzés
Wall hanging with írásos embroidery
If you are a first-time visitor of a church in Transylvania, you will be amazed to see the embroidered cloths on the Lord’s Table, Christening fountain and the pulpit. Most of those are what we call irásos – “written” – embroidery, or zsinóros – “corded”, or kalotaszegi varrottas. See the full story...
Karolina Tima Szabó
|French Salad / Francia saláta|
This is a refreshing salad to go with the Easter ham. Using fresh ingredients, it is popular in Hungary. See the full story...