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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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József Madaras ... Hungarian Commander
Tibor Molnár ... Andras
András Kozák ... Laszlo
Jácint Juhász ... Istvan
Anatoli Yabbarov ... Captain Chelpanov
... Cossack Officer
... Nestor
... Chingiz
... Yelizaveta the Matron (as Tatiana Koniukova)
... Olga
Viktor Avdyushko ... Sailor
... Colonel
... White Officer
Vladimir Prokofyev
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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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a masterpiece about the absurdity of war
22 May 2014 | by See all my reviews

Another great anti-War film by the Hungarian master Miklos Jancso. It does not glorify any action or shows any act of heroism. Instead, it is filled with wickedness, cold-blooded nature of authority, brutality and chaos above all. The events take place during Russian civil war in a small Hungarian territory. It shows the acts of both the sides one by one, holding a monastery and then a general hospital.

Once again like The Round-Up, it is not quite easy to follow because of the absence of any central character. It follows set of events taking place one after another. Dream-like sequences and symbolism pretty much sums up Jancso's vision about the absurdity of war.

The photography also makes it wonderful. Landscapes are beautifully captured and almost every shot of the film is visually stunning.


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