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THE RED AND THE WHITE

by Miklós Jancsó

synopsis

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.

international title: The Red and the White
original title: Csillagosok, katonák
country: Hungary, USSR
year: 1967
genre: fiction
directed by: Miklós Jancsó
film run: 90'
screenplay: Gyula Hernádi, Miklós Jancsó, Luca Karall, Valeri Karen, Giorgi Mdivani
cast: József Madaras, Tibor Molnár, András Kozák
cinematography by: Tamás Somló
film editing: Zoltán Farkas
art director: Anatoli Burdo, Boris Chebotaryov, Ferenc Kopp
costumes designer: Maya Abar-Baranovskaya, Gyula Várdai
producer: Jenõ Götz, András Németh, Kirill Sirjajev
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