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Cinema's AlchemistThe Films of Péter Forgács$
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Bill Nichols and Michael Renov

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816648740

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816648740.001.0001

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How to Make History Perceptible

How to Make History Perceptible

The Bartos Family and the Private Hungary Series

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Cinema's Alchemist

Roger Odin

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter analyzes the film The Bartos Family in which Péter Forgács establishes the principles behind his use of the home movie as document. The use of home movies as documents is the factor that contributed most significantly to the legitimacy of this scorned genre. Almost everywhere in the world film archives are opening collections of amateur cinema. Forgács himself created the Foundation of Private Photograph and Film in Budapest in 1983. The manner in which Forgács introduces the different members of the Bartos family aims to make us aware of the hierarchical nature of the bourgeois family. The chapter also argues that cinema is integrated into the life of the Bartos family: it is a facilitator of family connections.

Keywords:   The Bartos Family, film, Péter Forgács, home movie, film archives, amateur cinema, bourgeois family

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