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Cantata

Film

Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI

Cantata (Oldás és kötés)

Unclassified 18+

Melbourne Cinematheque

18 Nov

After performing an intense operation, a young surgeon takes leave from his hospital post in Budapest, retreating to his father’s house in the countryside where he experiences a major existential crisis.

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  • The film’s original title, Oldás és kötés, literally translates as "solutions and bandages", with the more audience-friendly export title coming from Béla Bartók’s Cantata Profana that is heard late in the film.

    Miklós Jancsó’s second feature is heavily indebted to the then-nascent style of Michelangelo Antonioni, in particular La notte, which Jancsó cited as a direct influence. Based on a short story by József Lengyel, Cantata features actual footage of open-heart surgery.