Forgotten Hungarian masterpiece – PEOPLE OF THE MOUNTAINS – out on dvd

People of the MountainsPEOPLE OF THE MOUNTAINS (15) 1942 HUNGARY SZÖTS, ISTVÁN £12.99
Forgotten masterpiece, filmed entirely on location in harsh conditions, tells the story of a woodcutter and his family who live high in mountains of Transylvania. Forced out of their home and enticed into a new work the families life begins to unravel one tragic misfortune after another.

Condemned as Communist propaganda, Szots’ debut was refused a distribution license by Joseph Goebbels the Nazi minister for Propaganda. Nevertheless the film went onto to win a prize at the 1942 Venice Film Festival and later cited as an early model for the post-war Italian Neorealism movement.
In Hungarian with Engish subtitles

DVD available to buy at –


– People of the Mountains (1942) – presented from a brand new 2K digital restoration of the film from original nitrate image and sound negatives, supervised by the Hungarian National Digital Archive.

– Original Hungarian soundtrack in mono audio.

– New and improved English subtitle translation.

– Booklet featuring a new essay by author and Hungarian cinema expert John Cunningham

Duration: 92 minutes
Language: Hungarian
Subtitles: English
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audio: 1.0 Mono (restored)
Discs: 1