György Gerő

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Dada artist, avant-garde filmmaker, poet, editor. Born 1905. In the 1920s he was making avant-garde film experiments.

According to a memoir, Gerő’s first work was an animated "series of pictures of a blooming cactus". (On the third page in the typed memoir of Andor Tiszay, property of Gyula Száva.)

Béla, unrealised. An experimental film scenario written by György Gerö, based on a book by Lajos Kassák and Imre Pál The History of the Isms [Pal Azizmusck tostenek], Magveto Budapest, 1972, and first published in 1924 in the dadaist review IS. The original scene-by-scene film script and complete scenario of the film consist of 4 pages currently housed in the Budapest City Archives. Gerö never completed the film. Bruce Checefsky later made a film inspired by Gerö's script, Béla (2009, 35mm, black & white, sound, 6:29 min), filmed on location in Cleveland, Ohio. [1].

Lajos Kassák's review Dokumentum (1927) includes a descriptive passage of Gerö's conceptual theory as well as several key filmmaking techniques.

Since 1931 he edited Index magazine together with Árpád Mezei and Imre Pán.

Gerö was spared political prison, declared a neurotic and placed into a private hospital where all traces of him were lost.

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