The Red and the White

The film The Red and the White directed by Miklos Jancso, was truly an emotional, and powerful look into the struggles and hardships of the Russian Revolution. Jancso wanted to show the problems and strife of human nature, not just towards the Russians, but humankind in general. What truly astonished me was Jancso focus on cinematography and work with the camera. Beautiful long shots bring out the emotion of the desolation and brutality of war. We must remember that this was a civil war, which makes it worse for it is countrymen versus countrymen, but in reality they should be brothers in arms. Not saying that I condone war by any means.

The theme that he stresses throughout is the cyclical and futile nature of war. In the opening scene a red soldier is shot by a white Cossack while his comrade makes an escape back to base, where it is a Bolshevik commander who is now holding captured white troops at his mercy, whom he releases at gunpoint, but not before relieving them of their uniforms. Yet within minutes, white troops have stormed the base and the communists have been forced to undergo the same humiliation of fleeing for their lives naked, whilst officers pick them off at their leisure. A constant back and forth struggle to show that people are dying for a pointless reason. Jancso is wisely using talent of filmmaking to depict the constant ongoing theme that will always fight with each other, and there will always be some kind of combat between men forever.

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