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04 February 2019

Eszter Hajdú: Tamas Barta, The Legend

 

TAMAS BARTA, THE LEGEND / SIESS HAZA, VÁR A MAMA

Documentary

DIRECTED BY ESZTER HAJDÚ

PRODUCED BY SÁNDOR MESTER / MIRADOURO LTD.

Tamas Barta was a legendary rock guitarist of the 70s. He was born in Budapest in 1948 and emigrated to the United States in 1974, where he was killed in 1982 under mysterious circumstances. In Hungary he was the best rock guitarist of his generation, but his dream was to emigrate and live in the States, which was illegal in the time.

The film is based on “audio-letters” that for several years Barta and his mother exchanged on audio-cassettes between Budapest and Los Angeles. There are also private archives from the 70s in Budapest and Los Angeles showing the two different worlds, as well as interviews with musicians, experts and Barta’s family members and friends.

Did Barta find what he was looking for in the Western world where he could speak and live freely? Did he manage to build a new life for himself without the control of the dictatorship and his intense mother? How and why did he die?

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