“They drop a bomb on the headquarters, I say it’s unimportant”

“They drop a bomb on the headquarters, I say it’s unimportant”

The Fifth Seal [SLTYT] is an award winning Hungarian movie (with subtitles) from 1976 by Zoltán Fábri. The central question of the movie is how to act ethically under oppression – a problem American viewers may find surprisingly relevant.

The IMDB summary at first looks like an opening line of a joke:

In Budapest in 1944, a watchmaker, a book seller and a carpenter are drinking in a bar with the owner,when they are joined by a stranger. The watchmaker asks a hypothetical question that will change their lives.

but a longer blog post on the film gives a very good overview of the topics the film touches on:

Very few films deal with philosophy and ethical human choices under extreme testing situations. The Fifth Seal is one that not only presents a philosophical dilemma on screen but will make any intelligent and sensitive viewer to ponder over his or her own choice under similar circumstances.

The same author interviewed Fábri in 1982 for the The Telegraph (Kolkata, India), which you can read here.

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