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Red Psalm (1972)

Még kér a nép (original title)
Set in the 1890s on the Hungarian plains, a group of farm workers go on strike in-which they face harsh reprisals and the reality of revolt, oppression, morality and violence.


Miklós Jancsó


Gyula Hernádi
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrea Drahota Andrea Drahota ... Nagy Mária, szocialista
Gyöngyi Bürös Gyöngyi Bürös ... Ráczné, szocialista
Erzsi Cserhalmi Erzsi Cserhalmi ... Galambos lány, szocialista
Mari Csomós Mari Csomós ... Cselédlány
Ilona Gurnik Ilona Gurnik ... Paraszt asszony
Éva Spányik Éva Spányik ... Fehérkendõs halottsirató asszony
Zsuzsa Ferdinándy Zsuzsa Ferdinándy ... Grófnõ
József Madaras József Madaras ... Hegedüs Bálint, szocialista
Lajos Balázsovits ... Fiatal tiszt
Tibor Orbán Tibor Orbán ... Pongrácz András, szocialista
Jácint Juhász Jácint Juhász ... Tóth Ferenc, szocialista
András Bálint András Bálint ... Majláth gróf
Bertalan Solti Bertalan Solti ... Öreg Hegedüs
Tibor Molnár Tibor Molnár ... Lovas Imre, szocialista
János Koltai János Koltai ... Szocialista


Set in the 1890s on the Hungarian plains, a group of farm workers go on strike in-which they face harsh reprisals and the reality of revolt, oppression, morality and violence.

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Drama | Musical | War


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Pap: Here is the bread. For this, they sin and wage war. But when night falls, fear takes hold of them, and by dawn they will cease to exist, and they will cower in terror in front of an angry God.
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a visual euphoria
2 May 2013 | by hmn18See all my reviews

It was the first time i encounter a Hungarian filmmaker when i watched, by mistake Red psalm.

The movie surprised me on many layers Beyond all the expectations that i had before i watched it: An exceptional treatment of the image and the cinematography. With only 27 cuts, Jansco manages with his moving camera and his choreographed scenes to tell a story that is so transparent, so poetic, and so close to the heart.

A small group of farm workers, some songs and some rifles, thats all what took jansco to make a fascinating movie, although one can argue that the communist manifestation in the movie is direct, but one must not forget the environment and the mentality through which a group of farm workers in a simple field in the Hungarian countryside may accept or refuse a way of thinking and of acting, the thing that the director was aware of completely.

The dancing, the songs, the movements, and the theatrical monologues, all in all , even the name , "Red Psalm" and its sweet resonance in the ear as much as the movie is pleasing for the eye, all those factors make the movie rather a sweet love poem, a piece of poetry that teaches love, revolt and solidarity,

Chapeau Mr. Miklos !

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9 March 1972 (Hungary) See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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