Ferenc Mérei portrait film
“- My adolescence was very stormy, as I went through it… I do not know why, but somehow I was attracted by irregularity. The irregularity more or less was that I joint various odd and extreme groups. This is how I first got into the group of Palasovszky, but than shortly to Kassák. You can see in this picture too, that I am wearing a Russian shirt. I wore the Russian shirt because of Kassák…
- How did the Professor meet him?
- I do not know anymore, dear. As if I had known him ever in my life… However, the real encounter was in Magdolna street, in the Vasas Headquaters, in 1927-28. When he came home to Hungary. At the time his wife, Jolán Simon established a recite choir in Magdolna street, and he arrived there from Wienna… It can be found in A person’s life.
Well, about Kassák you can say: he was an amateur… Look at his pictures: he did not study anything. He did not study painting, he did not study anything, or writing poems… These are ancient elements… Later I looked at Kassák as the forefather of our whole tribe, he created actually, with him started the Hungarian avantgarde. I really endeared Kasi. I did not go to the recite choir, but I always went to the Seman cafeteria, where he got together with some people. Among others with me too. And than we talked about and did the life. I have to add I was a real hardliner, a Stalinist liner. Of course, I did not know at the time what Stalinism is, but I was a hardliner. And he was already a real maverick. Avantguardist. And so we got together in the Seman cafeteria, we met there. That time I wrote some articles for his paper, the Work, under some kind of pen name, I do not know anymore what name. Whatever. Kassák turned my attention toward my unrest also. Well, this was how I realized that I am hectic. This restlessness accompanied my life indeed.
1987 - 110 minutes - Video
Director • Péter Forgács
Camera • András Mész, Péter Forgács
Music • Eric Satie: Vegsation
Music performed • Béla Faragó
Editor • Panni Kornis
Cooperator • Zsuzsa Mérei
Partners • Dombai Pál, Ferenczi Gábor, Kardos Tamás, Kiss Tibor, Koltai Jenő, Kukli Sándor, Prohászka Béla
Balázs Béla Studio - HTV 1984-1987
to Vera Mérei
Forgács Péter For Creation Bt.