7.0/10
1,201
11 user 15 critic

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.

Director:

Miklós Jancsó

Writer:

Gyula Hernádi
Reviews
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

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 »

Director: Miklós Jancsó
Stars: József Madaras, Tibor Molnár, András Kozák
The Round-Up (1966)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In Hungary, the national movement led by Kossuth has been crushed and the Austrian hegemony re-established, but partisans carry on with violent actions. In order to root out the guerilla, ... See full summary »

Director: Miklós Jancsó
Stars: János Görbe, Zoltán Latinovits, Tibor Molnár
My Way Home (1965)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In the final days of WWII, a seventeen-year-old boy wanders the countryside. He is captured by Soviet troops, then released, then captured once more - after he has donned a German uniform ... See full summary »

Director: Miklós Jancsó
Stars: András Kozák, Sergey Nikonenko, Béla Barsi
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

It has been fifteen years since the death of her father, Agamemnon, and Elektra still burns with hatred for Aegisztosz, who conspired with Elektra's mother to kill him.

Director: Miklós Jancsó
Stars: Mari Töröcsik, György Cserhalmi, József Madaras
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

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 ... See full summary »

Director: Miklós Jancsó
Stars: Mari Töröcsik, József Madaras, Zoltán Latinovits
Cantata (1963)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A young doctor undergoes a spiritual crisis when he returns to his rural home.

Director: Miklós Jancsó
Stars: Zoltán Latinovits, Andor Ajtay, Béla Barsi
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Directors: Miklós Jancsó, István Márton
Stars: György Cserhalmi, József Madaras, Ildikó Bánsági
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Three women, all strangers to each other, meet in a dress boutique. One of the three is approached by the male proprietor as she is shoplifting a garment. When he approaches her the other ... See full summary »

Director: Marleen Gorris
Stars: Edda Barends, Nelly Frijda, Henriëtte Tol
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Dah and Jocelyn come from Benin, Africa, to coach their rooster, "S'en fout la mort", for an illicit cock-fight in the basement of a restaurant.

Director: Claire Denis
Stars: Isaach De Bankolé, Alex Descas, Solveig Dommartin
Ceddo (1977)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The Ceddo try to preserve their traditional African culture against the onslaught of Islam, Christianity, and the slave trade. When King Demba War sides with the Muslims, the Ceddo kidnap ... See full summary »

Director: Ousmane Sembene
Stars: Tabata Ndiaye, Moustapha Yade, Ismaila Diagne
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A sequence of shots of rural landscapes accompanied by readings of texts about the struggles of poor farmers.

Directors: Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub
Stars: Danièle Huillet, Bahgat Elnadi, Gérard Samaan
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A schoolteacher (Miereveld or "field of ants") is entranced by one of his students (Fran). Not being able to have his love fulfilled he tries to escape it and moves house and job. Working ... See full summary »

Director: André Delvaux
Stars: Senne Rouffaer, Beata Tyszkiewicz, Hector Camerlynck
Edit

Cast

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 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
Edit

Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Musical | War

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Hungary

Language:

Hungarian | English | Latin

Release Date:

9 March 1972 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Red Psalm See more »

Filming Locations:

Hungary

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Trojan horse of a musical, with hidden critical social commentary
7 March 2014 | by thaoSee all my reviews

Here is something you have never seen before. A war musical with dancing naked women, armed men, choreographed walking, communist folk songs and poetic settings.

The film is based on peasant uprisings in Hungary that occurred between 1980 and 1910. The style is like something from a poetic theater. People hardly talk and everything is very staged. You might even say fake. Well, I suspect the message of the film is in the style. It is fake because communism and its origin was fake. It was an Utopia based on a lie. Miklós Jancsó was a socialist but not a communist (most people confuse the two) and he was critical of the direction his country was taking (as can be seen in other films by him). Here he gets the communist government to finance a film that looks like a glorious praise of the origin of the party while the style is telling us that this is all a staged lie. Don't believe it, any more than you believe that all these scenes are a realistic account of what happened.

The music is brilliant. Folk songs, many probably used in the peasant uprisings. I also liked the staging and the poetic imagery, like how a stigmata wound in the hand turned into a red flower, which looks like a French Revolution rosette cockade pin. And how many will die only because of one shot fired. And the use of doves, as symbols of peace and harmony, was beautiful. And the naked women? I guess they represent the innocence and the beauty of the peasant, who in their ignorance believed in the promised land.

You might not enjoy this film if you watch it as a straight communist propaganda. Watch it as a clever Trojan horse, pretending to be one thing while smuggling critical social commentary and you might get much more out of it. I for one liked this film for its bravery, its message, poetic beauty and for being like no other musical out there.


6 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 11 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed