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Gábor Bódy

Nárcisz és Psyché (Narcissus and Psyche)

Edition 1982
261' - 1980 - Drama - Dialogue: Hungarian, German, Polish, French, English
Director: Gábor Bódy Composer: László Vidovszky With: Patricia Adriani, Udo Kier, György Cserhalmi
Narcissus and Psyche is based on a novel by Sandor Weores which was adapted by Vilmos Csaplár and director Gábor Bódy for a feature-length, 140-minute film. Borrowing the character of Psyche from mythology and placing her in Europe in the 19th century, the authors give her a "modern" life. She is an attractive young woman - and remains so throughout the film, in spite of one hardship after another. Psyche is libidinous, and her prurient interests shock her staid contemporaries. For reasons that the viewer is left to ponder, her life is almost a living punishment for her sexual laxity. Her child is taken away and killed, and although she is in love with her tutor, who has syphilis, she marries another man. She is suffering herself from some affliction, which leads to hospital scenes that are acerbic commentaries on 19th c. Western medicine. Psyche is about to leave for America with her husband, when the story takes another abrupt turn.

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Credits

Director

Gábor Bódy

Composer

László Vidovszky

With

Patricia Adriani, Udo Kier, György Cserhalmi

Scenario

Gábor Bódy, Vilmos Csaplár, Vera Varga

Director of Photography

István Hildebrand

Editor

Anna Kornis

More information

Dialogue

Hungarian, German, Polish, French, English

Countries of production

Hungary

Screenplay based on

"Psyché" (Sándor Weöres)

Year

1980

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