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52nd edition

Narcisz Es Psyche

Fortnight 1981, Feature film,


The idea for this film came from a book by Sandor Weöres, a pseudo-manuscrit from the beginning of the 19th century, composed of poems and their explanations, as well as biographical notes in part signed « Psyché », i.e. Erszébet Lonyai. Taking both Nietzsche’s relationship with Lou Andreas Salomé and different episodes of our daily life as references, I tried to make this story a myth, a myth of antagonism born of our European culture, according to which men and women can only find their physical and intellectual liberty at the expense of others. And in spite of 35 years of socialism, my generation is still living in this antagonism.
In this way, « Narcisse and Psyché » is a story of present times, and even though the characters are wearing costumes from the past, the epoch they are a witness to exists outside the limits of history. Gabor BODY


Gabor Body

BÓDY’s films were made in a country and at a time when in Hungary as well as in the other countries under communist domination, all cinema matters were subjected to a strict control by party officials. Cinema was considered an art for the masses which should exercise a political influence and therefore was put under severe regulations; so that experimental or subversive films had almost no chance to be made at all. Short and experimental films, later also full length feature films could be made in an atmosphere of relative liberty in The “Studio Bela Balazs”. It was a meeting place for the most gifted authors and directors of Hungarian cinema. BÓDY Gábor joined the studio as early as 1971, in 1973 he established, inside the studio, the “experimental film group K3” as a platform for true experiments. In the 80s, a widespread interest for BÓDY Gábor’s work arose, following the repercussions around his second feature film “Narcissus and Psyche” (80) which spread particularly in the movement of independent and avant-garde cinema. But also through his many other activities, his lectures, video works, installations and tours BÓDY Gábor became a universal source of inspiration and ideas among filmmakers and film lovers.He was just 39 years old when he died in 1985.

Title in Original Version : Narcisse Et Psyché