Merry-Go-Round (1956 film)

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Directed byZoltán Fábri
Written byZoltán Fábri
László Nádasy
Imre Sarkadi
StarringMari Törőcsik
CinematographyBarnabás Hegyi
Edited byFerencné Szécsényi
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer (Original)
Turner Entertainment (Distribution Rights)
DreamWorks SKG (Today)
Release date
  • 2 February 1956 (1956-02-02)
Running time
90 minutes

Merry-Go-Round (Hungarian: Körhinta) is a 1956 Hungarian drama film directed by Zoltán Fábri, based on the short story Kútban (In the Well) by Imre Sarkadi. It was in competition at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival.[1] It was later selected to be screened in the Cannes Classics section of the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.[2] The film was chosen to be part both of Budapest Twelve, a list of Hungarian films considered the best in 1968 and its follow-up, the New Budapest Twelve in 2000.[3][4]


The story takes place in a rural area of Hungary. There are two young people who fall in love with each other. However, the girl's father wants her to marry someone else.[5] But surprisingly this classic love story intertwines with traditional, political and economic choices.[6]

The scene where the two lovers are spinning at a dizzying view on the carousel has taken its place in the history of cinema. What makes the scene impressive is that the camera spun with them.[7]




  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Merry-Go-Round". Retrieved 3 February 2009.
  2. ^ "Cannes Classics 2017". Cannes Film Festival. 3 May 2017. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  3. ^ Ujhelyi, Szilárd (1968). Karcsai Kulcsár, István (ed.). A BUDAPESTI 12. Filmbarátok Kiskönyvtára. Budapest: Magyar Filmtudományi Intézet és Filmarchívum.
  4. ^ "Új Budapesti Tizenkettő". Filmvilág. XLIII (3): 2. March 2000.
  5. ^ Merry-Go-Round, Letterboxd, Access date: 20 May 2022
  6. ^ Hungarian Cinema: From Coffee House to Multiplex, John Cunningham, Wallflower Press, 2004 (p. 84)
  7. ^ Hungarian Masters – Second Run, "Merry-Go-Round (Körhinta)", David Brook, 07 December 2021, Blueprintreview

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