The Red and the White

Miklós Jancsó’s The Red and the White is a  true political statement about war.  The depiction of war was very clear it is chaotic, ugly, immoral, violent and there is no true right side. What was interesting was the lack of a protagonist.  No character in the film is focused on for more than 15 minutes at most. We are left not knowing which side to really support. For a film about war,  a camera technique that was used quite frequently was the panning away from violence right when it takes place. Such as the execution of the girl who was accused as a traitor. The camera pans away and we only hear gun shots.

In some ways, I interpreted this portrayal of the revolution as a chaotic brawl where both sides were losing more than they were winning. I became fond of the landscape shots that was used showing a good contrast of beauty with the ugliness of war. This film took a little bit before you can become acquainted to watching it. There is no side to identify with and there is no real story that played out.  This was a strong approach towards realism how there is no right in war and the consequences of ware are repeatedly hammered throughout the film. Death, loss of loved ones,  and numerous sacrifices  made on both sides.

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