Song of the Cornfields

Song of the Cornfields (Hungarian: Ének a búzamezőkről) is a 1947 Hungarian drama film directed by István Szőts and starring Alice Szellay, János Görbe and József Bihari. A Hungarian soldier returning from fighting in the Second World War marries the woman he believes to be the widow of a former comrade who he thinks died in the Prisoner of War camp in which they were held.

Song of the Cornfields
Directed byIstván Szőts
Produced byIstván Szőts
Written byFerenc Móra (novel)
István Szőts
StarringAlice Szellay
János Görbe
József Bihari
Marcsa Simon
Music byTibor Polgár
CinematographyBarnabás Hegyi
Árpád Makay
Edited byMihály Morell
Release date
Running time
81 minutes

Song of the Cornfields was one of only three Hungarian films to be made in 1947, as the film industry struggled to recover from the destruction of the final war years.[1] The film was based on a novel by Ferenc Móra. It was the second film directed by Szőts, following up his well-received 1942 debut People of the Mountains which featured several of the same cast members. The film was banned in Hungary because of its depiction of the controversial issue of Hungarian prisoners held by the Soviets. The Hungarian Communist leader Mátyás Rákosi walked out of a screening in protest, and the film was not shown again in Hungary until 1979.[2] Szőts' next scheduled film Treasured Earth was taken away from him and given to Frigyes Bán to direct.



  1. Cunningham p.62
  2. Cunningham p.62


  • Cunningham, John. Hungarian Cinema: From Coffee House to Multiplex. Wallflower Press, 2004.
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