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THE MICHIGAN DAIL"?

Friday, May 17, 1968

Poge Two THE MICHIGAN DAILY Friday, May 17, 1968
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MGM lion stalks. Hungary

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By T. EDWARD HEARNE
College Press Service
First of Two Par s
BUDAPEST, Hungar (CPS)
- -What happens when you take1
an American film company -
complete with super-stars, su-
per directors, publicity thump-
ers, masses of equipment, and
all the paraphernalia of a mul-
ti-million dollar trade - and
transport it behind the iron
curtain for an extended length
of time to a country as isolated
by language and geography as
is Hungary?
When Metro-Goldwyn-Mayor
chose Budapest as the location
for filming their production of
Bernard Malamud's novel The
Fixer, they could predict that
they would save about a million
dollars over' filming the picture
In Hollywood. But nobody knew
what sort of problems they
would encounter in dealing
with the socialist bureaucracy.
Both the official Hungarian
film organization Hungarofilm
and MGM paid lip service to
the goal of "advancing cultural
understanding" but there is
little evidence of such an ex-
change taking place on a pro-
fessional level. MGM employed
about 15 Hungarian film tech-
nicians in professional posi-
tions ranging from production
and unit managers to choreog-
rapher and hairdressers as well
as hundreds of laborers and ex-
tras.
One highly placed Hungarian
film technician, himself a di-
rector, summed up what he got
out of working with director
John Frankenheimer: "I speak
better English now, and I'm a
little richer but Frankenheim-
er hasn't taught me anything I
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can use. I'll be making films
here in Hungary and his tech-
niques have no relevance for
me. Other than their large
budgets, I have little interest
in the American way of film-
making. Technically what you
people produce is perhaps the
best in the world, but almost
all American films - including
this one - are artistically out
of date."
What sort of problems did
the Hungarians face in hosting
the Americans? The official re-'
sponse was "none," but it was
clear that it took the techni-
cians some time to get used to
Frankenheimer's demanding
precision and his comparative
unconcern for the amount of
money spent. It was something
new to them to re-take a scene
19 times - Hungarians usually
zip through a scene in two or
three takes - or to work on
one film for seven months,
when the maximum shooting
time for, a Hungarian produc-
tion is 40 days.
MGM made a concerted ef-
fort to avoid giving an "Ugly
American" image in Hungary,
(although the crew had more
French and Italian members
than Americans, and most of
the actors were British). Some
children of families in the
MGM entourage attended Hun-
garian schools with no notic-
able ill effects, and all person-
nel were instructed to keep
scrupulously clear of Hungary's
very tempting black market.
The American's initial suspi-
cions quickly dissolved into af-

fable joshing about their early
fears of spies and bugged hotel
rooms.
There was some indication
that the Hungarians were also
trying to put their best foot
forward. As it turned out, the
translators and secretaries pro-
vided by the government were
all solid party members, b9th
vigorous and intelligent in their
defense of "the Hungarian way
of life." Unless one made a de-
liberate effort to move away
from the professional contacts
provided by work on the film
itself, it would be difficult to
believe that any Hungarians
opposed their gvernment. But
among the students and work-
ers which this reporter inter-
viewed, such dissent was com-
mon.
The personal contact between
Hungarians and the Western-
ers were not terribly extensive,
but it was enough to change
some minds on both sides. "I
have seen tl e Americans drop
many prejudices here," said one
Hungarian. "They actually
thought that the Hungarian
army had Russian commanders
and officers, for example. And
now when they show visitors
around Budapest I can hear
them defending the peculiari-
ties of Hungarian life to the
new arrivals. That makes me
happy. Yesterday I even heard
an American refer to 1956 as
a counter-revolution, and that
shows an understanding for the
present Hungarian situation
which I hadn't expected from
the Americans.'

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Day Calendar
The Initial Management of the
Acutely Ill or Injured Patient-Morn-
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Bldg., 8:30 a.m.
Institution of Continuing Legal Edu-
cation Seminar - "Employees in the
Public Sector" -- Morning Session,
Aud. A, Angell Hall, 9:00 a.m.
Baseball - U-M vs. Purdue Univer-
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Delta Kappa Gamma International
Society 1968 Alpha Iota State Conven-
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Union, 5:00 p.m.
Cinema Guild - Casablanca, Arch.
Aud., 7:00 and 9:05 p.m.
University Carillon Recital - Rich-
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and Jupiter: Aud. D, Angell Hall, 9:301
p.m.
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for the Admission Test for Graduate
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June 18.
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Navy Employment Office, Great
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of personnel, computer work, manage-
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call 764-7460 if interested in these, and
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Current Positionsreceived by Gen-
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information.
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