Montázs. A Chaplin Studió Lapja. Megjelenik havonta 10 számozott példányban. I. évfolym 1. [2] szám. 1958. január. [február]. [Montage. Magazine of the Chaplin Studio. Published once a Month in 10 Copies. 1st Year, No. 1. (2.). January. (February).]. Lajos Boglár.
Montázs. A Chaplin Studió Lapja. Megjelenik havonta 10 számozott példányban. I. évfolym 1. [2] szám. 1958. január. [február]. [Montage. Magazine of the Chaplin Studio. Published once a Month in 10 Copies. 1st Year, No. 1. (2.). January. (February).]
Entire Run of the Semi-Underground Film Magazine

Montázs. A Chaplin Studió Lapja. Megjelenik havonta 10 számozott példányban. I. évfolym 1. [2] szám. 1958. január. [február]. [Montage. Magazine of the Chaplin Studio. Published once a Month in 10 Copies. 1st Year, No. 1. (2.). January. (February).]

[Budapest]: [Chaplin Studió]. Complete run. First edition. Carbon copy. An original black and white photographic image is mounted on the front cover of each issue. The first issue contains two photographic illustrations. 14; (13 [with thext]), (3 [blank]) p. Rear covers spotted, more on the first issue. Pages yellowed due to the acidic paper. Overall in fine condition.

Semi-underground film magazine by the independent Chaplin Amateur Film Studio. Only these two numbers were published.

A short period of amateur film making evolved in Hungary in the late 1950s. “Civilians” were able to obtain cameras and film stock to create short movies and to screen it for a relatively broad audience with a keen interest of this new form of art. Though this movement was part of the counter culture, for a certain extent the communist régime tolerated it. Most of the “civilian”, amateur artists worked under the umbrella of the Béla Balázs Studio (BBS), the collective of experimental filmmakers, which operated, especially in its first years, rather as a film-club than a studio. The most important and active years of BBS were the 1970s, when the studio produced feature films among others by Gábor Bódy (American Torso, 1975) and Gyula Maár.

The atmosphere of this early period of amateur film making, the spirit of such films and the people who were involved as artists or audience, the premiere screening in a private home, is shown in Miklós Jancsó’s 1963 drama film “Cantata”. The Chaplin Studio was an independent association among the earliest of its kind. It was organized around Lajos Boglár, an ethnologist, working at the Ethnographic Museum in Budapest. Boglár, due to his position at the Museum had access to a the institution’s 16mm camera. The Studio published its magazine, the present “Montázs” (Montage), which documented the history of the association from its very beginning. The members of the Chaplin Studio could also be traced from it: Kálmán Bolgár, Pál Miklós, Károly Kiss, and Ferenc Horváth (however in the publication they mostly use either nick, or pseudonyms).

Besides the aforementioned “Cantata”, Boglár had the link to Jancsó through the 1961 short film “Indián történet” (Indian Story), whose expert on its ethnographic details was him.

Both issues of the magazine contain film critics written by the members and news related to the Studio and their works. The first issue announces that 300 meter roll film was bought for the Studio, lists the names of the new members, calls for a script for Duke Ellington’s song the “Catwalk”, and contains a critic and comparison of the first two short films of the Chaplin Studio “Kudarc" (Failure) and “Teknős” (Turtle). It is illustrated with two original photo-drawings by “Gyöngy” (Pearl) or “Gyöngyi” (on p. 7.) who was also responsible for the photographic cover of the brochure. The second number contains essays related to the aesthetics of film and on the technic of filmmaking in general and in particular of “Teknős”. The photographic cover of this issue is a double-still from “Kudarc”.

Each issue of the magazine was published in only 10 copies, and we could not trace any copies in institutional holdings. [Bibl.: Peternák, M.: F.I.L.M. A magyar avant-garde film története és dokumentumai. Budapest: Képzőművészeti Kiadó, 1991. pp. 22–23.]

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