Hol volt, hol nem volt (1987) AKA A Hungarian Fairy Tale


Shot in B&W, Gyula Gazdag’s film follows the surreal and often comic quests of young Andris, an orphan searching for a father who doesn’t exist, and Orban, a government clerk who’s had enough of oppressive bureaucracy.

Director: Gyula Gazdag.
Writers: Gyula Gazdag, Miklós Györffy.
Stars: Dávid Vermes, Pál Hetényi, Frantisek Husák, Mária Varga, Eszter Csákányi, Péter Trokán, Szilvia Tóth, Judit Pogány, Géza Balkay, Gábor Reviczky, Joli Jászai.


Note: Not the best VHS transfer for this movie I’m afraid, the image is quite jerky and the subtitles sometimes fade with the background so it’s hard to read them, if I find a better quality copy in the future I’ll upgrade it.

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  1. Tracy Pickett
    August 21, 2022

    This isn’t the full version as ive watched it before and recorded it on VHS but now don’t have anything to play it on,is it available on dvd ?

    • Jon W.
      August 21, 2022

      That’s interesting, I think it is the full version, does your version have scenes that aren’t included on this copy? Do you remember where did you record your copy from? The version released on VHS in the U.S. is also 97 minutes so same runtime as this one.

  2. Tracy Anne Pickett
    May 10, 2023

    Yes I recorded it from the TV ,I’ve watched it from YouTube but there are scenes missing,I still have the VHS I recorded it on but don’t have anything to play it on

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