Kolorádó Kid is an eastern-western, a Hungarian-British feature film (2010), made by writer-director and former gonzo journalist András B. Vágvölgyi (the Hungarian translator of Hunter S. Thompson). The story is set in Budapest in 1956, the male lead is Béla Kreuzer (Zsolt Nagy, probably the foremost young screen actor in Hungary) a vagabond from the outskirts, who became a freedom fighter in the 1956 uprising.
The movie was never completed, the last scene of the movie was never shot. In this Final Scene, Béla rides into the sunset against the epic backdrop of Monument Valley, Arizona – a signature location – between many others’ - John Ford’s western of 1956, The Searchers.
The aim is to shoot this Final Scene for the director’s cut of Kolorádó Kid.
THE FIRST SCENE OF THE MOVIE
THE STORY OF KOLORADO KID
After the Russians crushed
the uprising, the street fighter Kreuzer (probably he’s been model for Time
magazine’s „Man of the Year“, January 1957) escapes for Vienna, Austria, but
homesickness drives him back.
He is back to his drifting and gambling life for a while, but the plainclothesmen are after him. After detention he’s charged with armed participation in the revolt (homicide in the
street battles), but possibly with espionage and lynching as well. His cellmate
is an elder revolutionary, but later turns out, he was blackmailed to become a
mole. Not unlike all Kreuzer’s friends and lover: in this sense „Kolorádó Kid“
is a multiple betrayal story. Kreuzer serves 15 years in jail, but when he comes
out (1974) he has revenge on Koltai, the mole, and leaves the country.
ABOUT THE SHOOTING OF THE FINAL SCENE
Storyline: The Final Scene is about the
dream-come-true mood of Béla Kreuzer – the man of the 50s, who suffered under
Stalinism, bacame an urban guerilla in the 56 uprising by accident, served his
term of 15 years in jail, was sat free, had his vengeance. In the
one-before-the-last scene we see a British TV studio in the end of the 70s,
there’s a memorial broadcast on the Hungarian Revolution 20 ago, when a group
of punks start rampaging there. Times has changed. But Béla is fresh outta jail
he wants to leave the country but no chance. With a trick, he gets a sort of
passport for Yugoslavia, goes to the Bay of Trieste swams across to Italy,
where he spents time in refugee camps in Latina and Capua. In 1978 he receives
American immigration visa. He settles down in Colorado – we hear three times a
song titled Colorado in the movie, three different versions, twice in
Hungarian, once in German – in Woody Creek, near Aspen, where he starts a
business to repair firearms.
The scene we intend to shoot in Monument Valley, AR – the ultimate western film location. In 2008 together with András Vágvölgyi we already done the
so we know exactly where we want to shoot the scene.
We would do this scene in the most economic way. Director Andras
Vagvolgyi, actor Zsolt Nagy and DoP David Lukács must be there with a make up
artist – Zsolt will need some aging. This is airfare for this people
Budapest-Phoenix return. The money is going to be used on the most essential parts of production such as hiring a crew,
feeding them, renting equipment and buying the props and set pieces we can't borrow. This
will be a "bare bones"
production and every single person on set is going to be absolutely crucial to the film.Also, because this is a feature film, the post-production is extremely extensive. Just editing the film can
take an editor months, not to mention sound design, music, color correction, and so
András 'Vagesz' Vágvölgyi, the writer-director explains: 'The title song is a kitschy
and corny song originally of a West German singer (Freddy Frohberg, 1953) with
the title „Colorado“. This song was translated to Hungarian and recorded in
Pennsylvania in the same year by a Hungarian-American singer János Breitner and
is even more kitschy and corny as the original. „Faraway wild country /
Colorado / Where life doesn’t worth a peso“. This reflects to the „apache“
romanticism of the 50s in Budapest – those East European-style homeboys of the
Budapest ghetto’s were called than „Apaches“ -, the imagination of the Wild
West as the Land of Free, not just Home of the Brave was important among the
Sovetized city’s youngsters.
In 1998 I met Peter Fonda at a
Sundance Seminar in Tokyo and told him how much my life was effected by Easy Rider. I was 12 when I saw it. Fonda turned to me without a break and said: Where from? Budapest? You
should know young that not only the DoP of the picture was Hungarian (Lazlo
Kovacs), but the whole camera dept. And all this people has left your country
in 1956 and has come to America after. The longing of these guys for freedom is
in as much in this picture, as Dennis‘, Jack’s or mine.'
THE TITLE SONG KOLORAD LIVE ON STAGE BY TIBI KISS AND THE BUDAPEST BAR
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DELIVERY OF PRIZES
The delivery date on the majority of the prizes is listed as 'March 2013.' We expect the shooting to be completed much sooner than that, hopefully this November. However after the shot is completed we have to organize the production of the new DVD to be able to make it available to the public. However, we plan to have several screenings around the country to promote the movie and will keep you informed so you can see what you helped make.
When I watched Vagesz create his film I knew it was a very ambitious project, but at the same time this was a story that he couldn't walk away from. The 1956 uprising in Hungary has in many ways also defined me and the last generation of Hungarians growing up under Soviet rule. As the Berlin wall was coming down I was 17 and I put on a high school play about 1956 in my classroom, and nearly got expelled. So I was delighted to play a 1956 revolutionary in the movie.
I am grateful to the many people that have already donated time and resources to make this project a possibility, and hope that you will help us finish it.
Thank you for each and every contribution.
-Balázs Lazlo Karafiáth