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The Red and the White (1967)

Csillagosok, katonák (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 20 September 1968 (USA)
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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Miklós Jancsó
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Cast overview, first billed only:
József Madaras József Madaras ... Hungarian Commander
Tibor Molnár Tibor Molnár ... Andras
András Kozák András Kozák ... Laszlo
Jácint Juhász Jácint Juhász ... Istvan
Anatoli Yabbarov 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
Nikita Mikhalkov ... 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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Drama | War

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Country:

Hungary | Soviet Union

Language:

Hungarian | Russian

Release Date:

20 September 1968 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Hungary

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Mafilm,Mosfilm See more »
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Mono

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2.35 : 1
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An atmosphere that grows on you
2 March 1999 | by LevanaSee all my reviews

"The Red and the White" is not a conventional war movie; it moves at a continuous ceremonious pace, like the melody of a slow march. It creates an atmosphere where time seems suspended, and the situation, for all its violence, changeless; one side gains a victory and captures the other's position, then they in turn are captured, and then the balance shifts back again... There is continual motion, also, as the fighters move to and fro through great spacious natural landscapes, shot in sweeping black-and-white Cinemascope; the feeling for space is the most impressive feature of the movie (I'm sorry to say that this effect only comes through well on the large screen). The abstraction is enhanced by a total lack of "ordinary" conversation, which is usually intended to give the audience a sense of knowing the characters better, even if those characters are totally stereotyped. Here, however, there must be only half-a-dozen lines spoken which are not orders. It's hard to explain why all this should not be highly boring; I guess either you are fascinated by it, or you aren't.

As to the charge of being nothing but propaganda: certainly the Whites are presented in a much more unfavorable light than the Reds; but I don't think we Americans can plead innocent to the charge of demonizing the enemy in war movies. The scenes of atrocities committed by the Whites don't break the tone of the movie, since they are shot in the same calm manner as the rest, and there is no overacting. Most of all, there are no explicit lessons stated, a sure sign of propaganda. If you think this movie is propaganda, you've seen nothing yet; try one of the many Communist-backed films that really are heavy-handed and preachy, like, for example, the East German "Fünf Patronenhülsen", set during the Spanish Civil War.


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