The Red and The White Film Response

The Red and The White (1967), directed by Miklós Jancsó, is a real depiction of the tough settings that Hungarians endured during the period where Hungarian communists (the red) fought against the Russian Tsar’s army (the white). Even though the time period is two years after the Russian Revolution, and Jancsó did this to show the brutality of the Russian army (the whites).

Jancsó uses very open shots to reveal the vast majority of land in most of the movie and gives you the feeling you are there near the battle. The ending, where the reds are marching gracefully to their death, emphasises what Jancsó set out to do: show that these men would deliver their message even if it meant to walk to their deaths.

Even though some people might say there is no storyline, there really is no point to build one. Jancsó doesn’t care to inform the audience to understand the sequence of the film but really the meaning behind it: the brutality of the whites. Such are the instances where the whites capture the rebellious communist Hungarians and choose for fun who can run fast and use them as target practice. They don’t care for those who oppose their position and party, even if they have no affiliation, like when they forcefully strip the women.

WORKS CITED:

Czigany, Lorant. “Jancsó Country: Miklós Jancsó and the Hungarian New Cinema” Film Quarterly (1972). 44-50

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