In yesterday’s post we talked about different ways to say “Happy Birthday,” so it’s fitting that our video clip this week is from the 2003 film “Boldog Születésnapot!” (“Happy Birthday!”) This is a film that Györgyi and I actually saw in the cinema together when it came out.
The movie follows András (Gergely Kocsis), who meets Gyöngyi (Eszter Ónodi, one of my favorite actors) on his 30th birthday. András is mopey and sad because he is now 30 and he feels he hasn’t achieved anything in his life.
Gyöngyi claims that Péter, a married man, has gotten her pregnant. In this short scene, Gyöngyi goes to Péter’s house and confronts Péter’s wife (played by Judit Hernádi), while András hangs in the background.
The dialogue is clear and not that difficult. Can you understand it? Answer the question below, and when you click “Submit” you’ll also be able to read the transcript and English translation.
Here’s a short clip from the popular 2001 Hungarian film “Üvegtigris” (“Glass Tiger”). This movie has quite a cult following in Hungary, and has even spawned two sequels!
Lali (short for “Lajos,” played by Péter Rudolf) runs a little snack bar in a trailer out in the countryside.
In this clip, Lali is visited by Joli (played by Juli Básti), who is trying to seduce him. But Joli is unaware that her own daughter is hiding inside the trailer right at Lali’s feet, and she’s not happy about her mother’s sexual advances on him!
Watch the following clip, more than once if necessary, and see if you can answer these questions that relate to the dialogue. (And ask a Hungarian to explain the R-rated pun in this clip!)
The answers to the questions, a transcript of the dialogue and English translation are all below.
1. What excuse does Lali give Joli?
a. He’s tired.
b. He’s out of food.
c. He’s closing.
2. Joli then tells him not to…
b. be unhappy.
c. look so sad.
3. What does Lali say when he looks at his watch?
a. “Look at the time!”
b. “It’s so late!”
c. “I really have to go!”
Happy May 1 everyone! Today is a public holiday here in Hungary, and to celebrate, we’re going to show you two short clips from the 2001 Hungarian comedy, “Csocsó, avagy éljen május 1-je!” (“Csocsó, or Long Live May 1!”). The movie can be viewed in its entirety here.
Gusztáv “Csocsó” Csomai, played by Róbert Koltai in the type of nutty comedic role that he always excels at, is a fun-loving Russian teacher (who doesn’t actually know much Russian) in 1952 Hungary.
Watch the following two clips and see if you can answer the questions that relate to the dialogue. The answers to the questions, a transcript of the dialogue and English translation are all below.
Also, leave a comment below if you have any questions for us about this, or anything else to share!
Csocsó, who is nursing a bad hangover after carousing last night, has been summoned by the boss and has a short conversation with Ági, the secretary. Csocsó is coaching the local soccer team, and Ági asks him a question about it.
1. Why does the boss want to talk to Csocsó?
2. What does the secretary want to know from Csocsó?
3. How does Csocsó respond to her?
The meeting with the boss does not go well (Csocsó walks in asking for a beer), and Gubinyi (Sándor Gáspár) from the ÁVH secret police force asks Csocsó a serious question.
1. What does Gubinyi ask Csocsó?
2. What does Csocsó say?