MAGASISKOLA – THE FALCONS (1970) Director: Gaál István Script:  Gaál István, Mészöly Miklós Cinematography: Ragályi Elemér Cast: Ivan Andonov, Bánffy György, Meszléry Judit Gaál István’s MAGASISKOLA marked a turning point for his career, shooting for the first time in color and choosing to adapt a novel written by Mészöly Miklós. Gaál chose to use the Hungarian style of parabolisztikus to convey the ideas present in Mészöly’s original story. At first MAGASISKOLA appears shockingly direct, a parable showcasing the falcons as militarized killers who obey their leader’s commands to kill other birds. While the fear of such a regime being imposed is universal, a deeper theme lies beneath MAGASISKOLA exploring the tension of paternalism in the Kádár era. The combination of these general themes with the specific experience of Hungary in the late sixties helps to elevate MAGASISKOLA as one of the most important Hungarian films…