Szép lányok, ne sírjatok!

BFM — 39
BFM — 39
Don’t Cry, Pretty Girls!

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Directed by Márta MészárosItalian title: Non piangete, belle ragazze!
Hungary / 1970 / 85 min.
Black and white / O.V. / Subtitles: sub. it.
Jarka Schallerová, Márk Zala, Lajos Balázsovits, Péter Blaskó, Ildikó Piros, Ila Schu¨tz, Balázs Kosztolányi, István Bujtor

Five boys and a girl make up a gang and are fans of Beat bands, following them from concert to concert. Juli, fiancée of one of the boys, falls in love with a musician and travels to the countryside with him for a gig. The jealous fiancé and his friends go after them and the whole affair comes close to violence when suddenly the lover allows Juli to make her own choice. This noble gesture rekindles Juli’s true love for him.


«”Don’t Cry Pretty Girls!” is itself contemporary with the realities of international youth culture and rebellion against the parental of social dissatisfaction; Mészáros’s masterful use of lyrics and melody itself constitutes the contestatory statement she clearly intends to make.»

(Catherine Portuges, Screen Memories: The Hungarian Cinema of Márta Mészáros, Indiana University Press. 39.)

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