The Films of Márta Mészáros
Screening Dates
  • March 25, 2022 6:30
  • March 26, 2022 8:30
  • March 27, 2022 6:30
New Restoration

A fascinating social portrait … [The] youthful vibrancy captured in every shot results in a colourful depiction of desire and change.”

James Hanton, Outtake

Infused with the spirit of rock n’ roll and rebellion, this music-driven counterculture snapshot unfolds to a near wall-to-wall soundtrack of late 1960s-early 1970s Hungarian psych and folk as it traces the odyssey of a young woman (Jaroslava Schallerová, star of the Czech New Wave classic Valerie and Her Week of Wonders) who, on the eve of her marriage to a factory worker (Márk Zala), experiences a final moment of freedom when she runs away with a touring band. One of Márta Mészáros’s most formally experimental works due to its minimal dialogue and almost proto-music video style, Don’t Cry, Pretty Girls! reflects the cultural sea change sweeping Europe at a time when traditional values were being shaken by a youthquake of individual self expression.


Film description courtesy Janus Films, New York