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Miklós Jancsó's Silence and Cry is set during a turbulent era of disquiet, fear, persecution and terror, which permeates every corner of post-WWI Hungarian society. In 1919, after just a few... See more »

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Teréz
József Madaras ...
Károly
Zoltán Latinovits ...
Kémeri
Andrea Drahota ...
Anna
András Kozák ...
István
István Bujtor ...
Kovács II.
Ida Siménfalvy ...
Teréz' mother
János Koltai ...
Peasant
Sándor Siménfalvy ...
Old peasant
Kornélia Sallay ...
Auntie Veronika
Mária Goór Nagy ...
Kis Veronika
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The shepherd
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Detective
Philippe Haudiquet ...
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Ila Schütz
Mária Boga ...
(as Mari Boga)
Károly Eisler
Ferenc Kamarás
József Konrád
Miklós Köllõ
Zsolt Körtvélyessy
Sándor Szili
Sándor Vajó
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Tibor Tallián ...
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Directed by

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Miklós Jancsó

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Gyula Hernádi ... ()
 
Miklós Jancsó ... ()

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János Kende

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Zoltán Farkas

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Károlyné Sinkovits ... assistant editor

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Tamás Banovich

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József Sáritz

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Zsuzsa Vicze

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Anni Pásztory ... makeup artist

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Lajos Kiss ... production manager
András Németh ... production supervisor

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Ferenc Grunwalsky ... assistant director
Zsolt Kézdi-Kovács ... assistant director

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Tibor Nell ... construction manager

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Zoltán Toldy ... sound

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Tamás Nemescsói ... assistant camera
Elemér Ragályi ... assistant camera
Márton Widuchowski ... chief lighting technician

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Gyuláné Szép ... location manager

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Luca Karall ... script editor
Ferenc Tornyai ... laboratory works

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Plot Summary

Miklós Jancsó's Silence and Cry is set during a turbulent era of disquiet, fear, persecution and terror, which permeates every corner of post-WWI Hungarian society. In 1919, after just a few months of communist rule the Hungarian Republic of Councils falls victim to a nationalist counter-revolution. Admiral Horthy, leader of the nationalist far right movement, becomes the self-proclaimed regent of Hungary, and assumes power as the legal Head of State. Soldiers of the short-lived Hungarian Red Army are now on the run from relentless secret policemen and patrol units of the nationalist Royal Gendarme. If caught, ex-Red Army soldiers are executed without mercy or proper trial. István Cserzi, a former soldier of the Red Army has fled to the Great Hungarian Plains and has taken refuge on a farm, which is run by two sympathetic women. Due to the generosity of these women and a former childhood pal, who is now a commandant of the local Royal Gendarme outfit, István is safely hidden from the ever-prying eyes of the secret policemen, who relentlessly roam the countryside searching for ex-Red Army men and their sympathisers. However, upon discovering that the women are secretly poisoning the mother-in-law and the husband, the legal owners of the farm, István must make the most difficult decision of his life. As a personal war is waging within his own consciousness over morality and self-preservation, István must decide whether to remain silent about the women's devious secret and preserve his own life, or to report their heinous crime to the Royal Gendarme, which would also mean certain death for him. Written by 21st Century DreamQuest Films Ltd

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Also Known As
  • Silence and Cry (World-wide, English title)
  • Silence et cri (France)
  • Silencio y grito (Uruguay)
  • Silencio y llanto (Argentina)
  • Stille und Schrei (East Germany)
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  • 77 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia This is the first time Miklós Jancsó's DOP was János Kende. The two already knew each other since Kende worked in _Csillagosok, katonák (1967)_ as an assistant cameraman. Jancsó was unsatisfied with Kende's work, reshoot the entire first day and wanted to fire him. Finally, the two made it up, and their friendship is legendary. See more »

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