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The Red and the White (1967)

Csillagosok, katonák (original title)
In 1919, Hungarian Communists aid the Bolsheviks' defeat of Czarists, the Whites. Near the Volga, a monastery and a field hospital are held by one side then the other. Captives are executed... See full summary »

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József Madaras ...
Hungarian Commander
Tibor Molnár ...
András Kozák ...
Laszlo
Jácint Juhász ...
Istvan
Anatoli Yabbarov ...
Captain Chelpanov
Sergey Nikonenko ...
Cossack Officer
Mikhail Kozakov ...
Nestor
Bolot Beyshenaliev ...
Chingiz
Tatyana Konyukhova ...
Yelizaveta the Matron (as Tatiana Koniukova)
Krystyna Mikolajewska ...
Olga
Viktor Avdyushko ...
Sailor
Gleb Strizhenov ...
Colonel
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White Officer
Vladimir Prokofyev
Valentin Bryleev
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In 1919, Hungarian Communists aid the Bolsheviks' defeat of Czarists, the Whites. Near the Volga, a monastery and a field hospital are held by one side then the other. Captives are executed or sent running naked into the woods. Neither side has a plan, and characters the camera picks out soon die. A White Cossack officer kills a Hungarian and is executed by his own superiors when he tries to rape a milkmaid. At the hospital, White officers order nurses into the woods, dressed in finery, to waltz. A nurse aids the Reds, then they accuse her of treason for following White orders. Red soldiers walk willingly, singing, into an overwhelming force. War seems chaotic and arbitrary. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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One of the best war films
14 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The best I've ever seen I guess is Band of Brothers,and this one is right up there. Good war films seem real, closer to real life, you see it and you know this is how it should happen, even if you have never experienced it. "good" people do some bad things and "bad" people do some good things. Guess there are more degree of cultural freedom in Hungary in those years to let this kind of film come to light.

I watched it the first time without moving my eyes off of it, and then I watched it a second time. It feels really beautiful, so vast is the background and the storyline is so unique. The third time I tried watching it, almost all the scenes feels so bloody that I cannot watch it.


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