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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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This is art, not propaganda
3 October 1999 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

I was surprised to read that some people feel this film is communist propaganda. It is a very sparse, minimalist evocation of the senselessness of war. The characters treat one another not as humans but as machines. "Stand here." "Go there." I found it compelling and 10 years after seeing this film, I have not forgotten it. This is not soviet realism. This is a stylized account of the dehumanization of war. You cannot indulge in sentimental tears after seeing this. You can only shake your head at man's stupidity and inhumanity.


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