The Red and White

Miklos Jancso’s 1967, The Red and White was a film true to Jancso’s political film making nature.  The Red and White depicted the Russian Revolution which took place between 1918 and 1919.  The film depicts the true irrationality and bloodiness of warfare in that it does not focus on any one character in particular.  Unlike in most of the films produced in America where the story focuses primarily on one or two main characters and their conflict/ resolution, The Red and White focuses on different groups of soldiers fighting one of the bloodiest battles in history and shows the volatile nature of combat.  Jancso emphasizes the uncertainty of war and how no one man truly stands out among the rest by using wide angle panning camera shots encompassing the whole landscape making the soldiers seem as though they don’t pose much of a threat on the vast hillside.  Jancso may have done well in capturing the true nature of the revolution and what it was like to be fighting for something you didn’t necessarily believe in, however in doing so the audience’s attention was not as thoroughly grasped—or at least mine wasn’t.  The political and violent nature of the film wasn’t what I was used to seeing in American war films and made it difficult to follow, but did accurately and impartially depicted the film’s subject. 

Works Cited

STRAUSZ, LASZLO. “THE POLITICS OF STYLE IN MIKLÓS JANCSÓ’S THE RED AND THE WHITE AND THE LORD’S LANTERN IN BUDAPEST.” Film Quarterly 62.3 (2009): 41-47. Film & Television Literature Index. EBSCO. Web. 7 Mar. 2011.

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