June 6, 2006 - Walter Reade Theatre, Lincoln Center, NYC

Consulate General of the Republic of Hungary in cooperation
with the Film Society of Lincoln Center presented:


in Hungarian with English subtitles

Directed by Márta Mészáros

The presentation is part of the series of events commemorating the
50th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight
organized by the Hungarian Consulate General in New York

Photos: Gabriella Gyorffy and archive

Imre Nagy

One of the doyennes of Hungarian film deals with a dark period of national history: the Soviet regime in Hungary. She portrays it through the fate of the former prime minister and national hero, Imre Nagy.

The life of Imre Nagy is one of the definitive stories of 20th century history. He was the first communist leader to become the symbol of a national revolution, a prime minister, a denouncer of the Warsaw Pact, and an advocate of multiparty democracy.

The film makes an attempt to throw light on the life of the martyr prime minister from a different angle, and to present his story through a subjective point of view, starting from the events of 1956, going on to his execution and finally the events subsequent to his story until today.

When the Soviet troops began the siege of Budapest on the 4th November 1956, Imre Nagy and several members of his government

accepted the asylum offered to them by the Yugoslav Embassy. Then they were lured out of the embassy by the offer of being given the freedom to leave, only to be kidnapped and transported to Romania.

In 1957 Imre Nagy was taken back to Hungary. For fourteen months he languished in prison under inhumane conditions, and subjected to interrogations that sought to wring evidence out of him in order to justify an insane charge of treason. Throughout the hearings and the trial he consistently stood by his ideological and political convictions.

He did not plead for clemency, hoping that coming generations would do his memory justice.

Imre Nagy's last words:
"The only thing I'm frightened of is being
rehabilitated by those who betrayed me."

For 30 years, Nagy’s family knew nothing either of his whereabouts or his grave. Only in 1989 was Nagy given a proper burial, which took place in Budapest’s Heroes’ Square in the presence of 300,000 people. This burial is also considered the beginning of a new, and finally free and democratic Hungary.

The script is based on the diary written by Imre Nagy, and the memories of his daughter, Erzsébet Nagy, as well as authentic documents and records.

Source: Consulate General

Richard Pena, Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and
Dr. Gábor Horváth, Consul General of the Republic of Hungary
remembered the 50th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution
at the New York premiere of "The Unburied Man: The Diary of Imre Nagy"

Audience at the Walter Reade Theater premiere