This musical is actually a filmed live performance of the story of King Stephan I of Hungary (ca. 977-1038) who bro...展开ught Roman Catholicism into the country, united previously separate Magyar states, suppressed pagan beliefs by force, reformed the Church, and supported monasteries and abbeys. He was canonized in 1083 and is the patron saint of Hungary. "Istvan, A Kiraly" was an already popular rock opera and its albums selling well when director Gabor Koltay decided to film a full performance in 1984. Cinematic techniques such as slow motion and freeze-framing add to the drama, just as Dolby Stereo brings out the vocal and instrumental tonalities of the very professional singers and musicians. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, All Movie Guide
The legendary Hungarian rock opera by Levente Szorényi and János Bródy from 1983 was the first popular musical ever staged in Hungary, which lead to the Hungarians being very enthusiastic about musical theatre. This first staging from the early eighties is very worth seeing and not to be missed. It deals with the life of legendary Hungarian king Istvan.