Private communist party film collection discovered in Hungary

13:35, July 15, 2011      

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A Hungarian film company on Thursday said it had accidentally uncovered a private collection of thousands of movies kept for leading members of the Hungarian communist party in the pre-1989 era.

The collection of roughly 6,000 rolls of movies, found in the archive of the Mokep Hungarian Cinema Company, included classics from the Soviet era including films directed by Sergei Eisenstein and Grigori Chukhrai, as well as David Lynch's critically acclaimed The Elephant Man, and the Bruce Lee classic Enter the Dragon. Very few Hungarian films were included in the collection though.

A Mokep spokesperson said the films were intended to entertain top party officials in private showings, and their existence was never registered, according to the local wire service MTI.

The company said the movies were found by accident and were not listed in its own inventory.

Mokep officials are planning a film festival to give the public a chance to see the newly discovered movies, many of which have never been seen by the Hungarian public.

Source: Xinhua
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