(Két lány az utcán, Hungary/1939) by André De Toth
Written by Tamás Emod, Rezsö Török, adapted by André De Toth. Editing: Zoltán Kerényi. Director of Photography: Károly Vass. Production designer: Gizella Langermann. Produced by: Béla Lévay. Production Company: Hunnia Filmgyár. Starring: Bella Bordy (Torma Vica), Mária Tasnádi Fekete (Kártély Gyöngyi), Piroska Vaszary Pletyus (as Vaszary Piri), Gyula Csortos (Filc bácsi), Andor Ajtay, Csiszár István, Károly Kovács, Lali. Running time: 85′. b&w. Language: Hungarian with French/English subtitles. From: Magyar Nemzeti Filmarchívum (Hungarian National Film Archive).
André De Toth was a great filmmaker, we are indebted to him for a number of extraordinary films (dating back to his first Hungarian works) and many masterpieces. He fought to make ambitious films and refused to work under a studio contract, thus showing a rare desire for freedom […] One day, following a screening of Round Midnight, De Toth told me, “You made me cry. And it’s hard to cry when you only have one eye.” He comforted and supported me. He was never bitter, he would never have said something like: “Cinema was better when I was making films”. He remained curious, open-minded; he battled for the American Cinematheque on Hollywood Boulevard […] “We’re like passengers driving at full speed on the new highways of communication”, he wrote. “It’s the same road since 1895, only it’s slippier because of the sweat and the blood and with more cracks: each of them a broken dream. These past hundred years have been terrible, yet we’ve enjoyed every single minute of them. As long as this fever, this love for making films survives, nothing will ever change.” On his sets, one big sign read, “Drama should occur in front of the camera, not behind it”, another, “Technology will never replace brains and intelligence”.
Restored in 2010 by the World Cinema Foundation at Cineteca di Cineteca di Bologna / L’Immagine Ritrovata Laboratory.
Notes on the restoration
The restoration of Két Lány Az Utcán used the original 35mm camera and sound nitrate negatives preserved at the Magyar Nemzeti Filmarchívum (Hungarian National Film Archive). The digital restoration produced a new 35mm internegative.