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Hunting for Englishmen

Set against the waning of the Hapsburg Empire, this handsome but sluggish 2006 period drama centers on a dashing British nobleman, inventor, and engineer (Marcin Kwasny) who's hired by a Hungarian count to build a railroad on his estate. The Englishman arouses the suspicion of the Austrian secret police and the ardor of the count's Polish niece (Magdalena Gorska), who's engaged to a much older Hungarian aristocrat; romance and espionage follow, as the complicated plot touches on Russia's imperial designs and the role of industrialization in the march toward war. Director Bertalan Bago tries to juggle all this with an international cast, but the bad dubbing of non-Hungarian actors is distracting. In Hungarian with subtitles. 83 min.

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