Dr. Balázs Varga

Assistant professor

Balázs Varga is an Assistant Professor of Film Studies at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary. He writes and lectures on modern and contemporary Hungarian cinema, contemporary European cinema, production studies, popular cinemas and documentaries. He is a founding editor of Metropolis, a scholarly journal on film theory and history based in Budapest.  His recent research project has examined the post-communist transition of the Hungarian film industry. His current project focuses on popular East European cinemas. He has published several articles and essays in English, Italian, Polish, Czech and Hungarian books and journals.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

  • Member of NECS – European Network for Cinema and Media Studies

Areas of Teaching / Courses Taught

  • Modern and contemporary Hungarian Cinema
  • Contemporary World Cinema
  • Theories of Documentary
  • Academic Writing
  • Research Methods

Areas of Supervision

  • Contemporary Hungarian cinema
  • Production studies
  • Contemporary European Popular Cinema

Selected Publications

In English:

  • Quest for coherence and continuity: Squelization in Central European popular cinemas in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Studies in Eastern European Cinema (2018) no. 1. pp. 15–32.
  • Transformations: Hungarian Popular Cinema in the 1950s. In: Ostrowska, Dorota – Pitassio, Francesco – Varga Zsuzsanna (eds.): Popular Cinemas in Central Europe: Film Cultures and Histories. New York: I.B. Tauris, 2017. pp. 85–101.
  • The Missing Middle. Trends, and Genres in Hungarian Popular Cinema after the Political Changes.In: Dudková, Jana –Misiková, Katarina (eds.): Transformation Processes in Post-Socialist Screen Media. Bratislava: Academy of Performing Arts, Institute of Theatre and Film Research-The Slovak Academy of Sciences, 2016. pp. 97–116.
  • Tradition and Modernization. Contemporary HungarianPopular Cinema. Images (2013) 22. 175–187.
  • Take the Money and…? Questions of Self-governance in the Hungarian Film Industry. Iluminace(2012) no. 4.

In Hungarian:

  • Filmrendszerváltások: A magyar játékfilm intézményeinek átalakulása 1990–2010. [Film Regime Changes. The Transformation of the Hungarian Film Industry 1990–2010] Budapest: L’Harmattan Kiadó, 2016.
  • Többszörös szorításban: Maszkulinitáskoncepciók kortárs magyar romantikus vígjátékokban. [In-Between: Concepts of Masculinities in Contemporary Hungarian Romantic Film Comedies] Metropolis (2016) no. 4. pp. 40–56.
  • Presztízspiacok: Filmek, szerzők és nemzeti filmkultúrák a nemzetközi filmfesztiválok kortárs hálózatában. [Prestige Markets. Films, Auteurs and National Cinemas in the International
  • Film Festival Circuit] Metropolis (2016) no. 3. pp. 40–51.

Contact Details

Institute for Art Theory and Media Studies

Department of Film Studies
Eötvös Loránd University
Mail: Múzeum krt. 6-8., 1088 Budapest, Hungary

E-mail: vargabalazsbalazs@gmail.com