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Rapsodia de sangre (1958)

Andras Pulac, a young pianist, refuses to perform a concert in honor of a senior Soviet leader, as a sign of rebellion against the 1956 invasion of Hungary. His refusal, although he does ... See full summary »


Antonio Isasi-Isasmendi (story), Luis de los Arcos (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
María Rosa Salgado ... Lenina Kondor - Maria
Vicente Parra ... Pulac Andras
Albert Hehn ... Comandante Igor Solov
Tomás Blanco ... Ronzi
Luis Induni ... Stanislas
Arturo Fernández ... Dalmas
Jesús Colomer Jesús Colomer ... Elio
Carles Lloret Carles Lloret ... Paolo (as Carlos Lloret)
Malte Jaeger Malte Jaeger ... Janos Kondor (as Malte Jaeguer)
Francisco Piquer ... Borodin
Augusto Lluch Augusto Lluch
Luis Orduña ... General Adras Vasiliev (as Luis Orduna)
Miguel Fleta Miguel Fleta ... Coronel
Margarita Lozano ... Isabel
Olga Torres Olga Torres


Andras Pulac, a young pianist, refuses to perform a concert in honor of a senior Soviet leader, as a sign of rebellion against the 1956 invasion of Hungary. His refusal, although he does not know it, harms the organizers of a demonstration against the communist cruelty, since his concert had been chosen like slogan. When Pulac finds out, he agrees to give the concert. Andras and Maria Kondor, the daughter of a communist journalist, are in love and decide to get married before the concert. Meanwhile, communist repression in the streets provokes the anger of the Hungarian people and gives rise to a real revolution. Written by jsanchez

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24 April 1958 (Spain) See more »

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Blutige Rhapsodie See more »

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Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain See more »

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Isasi See more »
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Mono (RCA High Fidelity)
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Grande valse brillante in E-flat major
Composed by Frédéric Chopin
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A dramatic and exciting movie based on historical events about Hungary revolt , competently directed by Antonio Isasi Isasmendi
18 November 2019 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

In the background of Hungarian revolts against the Communist goverment imposed by Soviet Union are interwoven two love stories . As first one deals with the famous pianist Pulac Andran (Vicente Parra) and his girlfriend , the atheist Lenina Kondor (Maria Rosa Salgado) , daughter of the editor a communist newspaper called Szabad Nep . And another loving story regarding a marriage formed by a Communist commandant , Igor Slov (Albert Hehn) , an ex-pianist who left music for politics, and his wife the Russian Anna Solor (Lida Baaroba) who dreary for Communist repression she attempts to escape . Then , an essential concert takes place presided by a Russian General , Vasiliev (Luis Orduña) who comes from Moscow . As the rebel organizers attempt a demonstration against the communist cruelty at a concert performed by Pulac Andras . At the beginning , he refuses , but Pulac finds out its importance , then he agrees to give the concert . This concert being broadcasting TV throughout Hungary . Paulac who's agreed with the student leader (Arturo Fernandez) as main executioner of the protests and strikes , as playing classic music , such as Grande valse brillante in E-flat major composed by Frédéric Chopin (being actually performed by Xavier Montsalvage) . He performs Chopin's Polonesas as a sign of rebellion against the 1956 invasion of Hungary and subsequently giving rise to a real revolution , that's why this concert has been chosen like slogan . Along the way Lenina is detained by the Communist authorities .

Good and thought-provoking drama , outstanding the action scenes , riots , shootings, pursuits and adding actual documentary footage compellingly assembled in the movie , including two reporters played by Calos Llovet and Jesus Colomer of the Attualita Italiana . It concerns the Budapest riots and subsequent repression that provokes the anger of the Hungarian people outbursting violent upheavals . Well set film during the communist repression in the Budapest streets , though being really shot in Bilbao and Barcelona . Decent main and support cast . Vicente Parra gives a so-so acting as Andras Pulac, a young pianist who refuses to perform a concert in honor of a senior Soviet leader . Maria Rosa Sagado is better as Maria Kondor, the daughter of a communist journalist , and she in love with Pulac . Support cast is pretty good , such as : Albert Hehn , Tomás Blanco , Luis Induni ,Arturo Fernández , Francisco Piquer , Margarita Lozano , Amparo Baro , Luis Orduña ,among others . Competently produced by Excisa SA and the powerful production company Suevia Films/Cesareo Gonzalez. It displays atmospheric cinematography in black and white by Joaquin Hualde, assisted by cameraman Juan Gelpi. The motion picture was well written/produced/directed by Antonio Isasi Isasmendi . This director was defending his name and career , but also his money in more ways than one , as he was one of the producers investing in the project . Antonio Isasi Isasmendi wa sa good professional , a craftsman who has directed several films in diverse genres , as adventures and action ,especially , such as The dog 1979 , 1968 Las Vegas, 500 millions , 1965 Estambul 65 and 1963 The mask of Scaramouche and Summertime killer 1972 .

This picture is well based on on historical facts , these are the following ones: The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 , or the Hungarian Uprising was a nationwide revolution against the Hungarian People's Republic and its Soviet-imposed policies, lasting from 23 October until 10 November 1956. Leaderless at the beginning, it was the first major threat to Soviet control since the Red Army drove Nazi Germany from its territory at the End of World War II in Europe.The revolt began as a student protest, which attracted thousands as they marched through central Budapest to the Hungarian Parliament building, calling out on the streets using a van with loudspeakers. A student delegation, entering the radio building to try to broadcast the students' demands, was detained. When the delegation's release was demanded by the protesters outside, they were fired upon from within the building by the State Security Police, known as the ÁVH (acronym for Államvédelmi Hatóság, literally "State Protection Authority"). One student died and was wrapped in a flag and held above the crowd. This was the start of the next phase of the revolution. As the news spread, disorder and violence erupted throughout the capital.The revolt spread quickly and the government collapsed. Thousands organised themselves into militias, battling the ÁVH and Soviet troops. During the revolt there were violent incidents, some local leaders and ÁVH members were lynched or captured, while former political prisoners were released and armed. Radical impromptu workers' councils wrested municipal control from the ruling Hungarian Working People's Party (Hu: Magyar Dolgozók Pártja) and demanded political change.The new government of Imre Nagy formally disbanded the ÁVH, declared its intention to withdraw from the Warsaw Pact and pledged to re-establish free elections. By the end of October, fighting had almost stopped, and the days of normality began to return.Initially appearing open to negotiating a withdrawal of Soviet forces, the Politburo changed its mind and moved to crush the revolution. On 4 November, a large Soviet force invaded Budapest and other regions of the country. The Hungarian resistance continued until 10 November. Over 2,500 Hungarians and 700 Soviet troops were killed in the conflict, and 200,000 Hungarians fled as refugees. Mass arrests and denunciations continued for months thereafter. By January 1957, the new Soviet-installed government had suppressed all public opposition. These Soviet actions, while strengthening control over the Eastern Bloc, alienated many Western Marxists, leading to splits and/or considerable losses of membership for communist parties in capitalist states.Public discussion about the revolution was suppressed in Hungary for more than 30 years. Since the thaw of the 1980s, it has been a subject of intense study and debate. At the inauguration of the Third Hungarian Republic in 1989, 23 October was declared a national holiday.

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