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The Restless Hungarian: Modernism, Madness, and the American Dream

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis St San Francisco United States (map)
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Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce St between Ellis and Eddy streets.

Budapest-born Paul Weidlinger worked for László Moholy-Nagy and Le Corbusier prior to moving to the United States and becoming an influential architect and structural engineer. Learning of his Jewish identity only after his father’s death propelled Weidlinger’s son Tom to trace his father’s life and adventures across three continents, recording the story in film and in his book, The Restless Hungarian: Modernism, Madness, and the American Dream, which spans the rise of Modern achitecture, the Holocaust, and the Cold War. In this presentation, Tom Weidlinger will combine the screening of a short film with a discussion of the book.

Tom Weidlinger is a documentary filmmaker whose subjects include World War I, Czechoslovakia following the Velvet Revolution, the life of Native American athlete Jim Thorpe, and the dilemma of humanitarian aid in the Congo. Twenty-five films, which he wrote, produced, and directed, have aired nationally on U.S. public television.  The Restless Hungarian is his first book. 


Earlier Event: September 11
Elul Day of Reflection