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Film Fest Gent - The Red and the White
Archived: The Red and the White - Csillagosok, katonák (1967)

director: Miklós Jancsó

With: József Madaras, Tibor Molnár, a.o.

duration: 90 minutes
Drama, War


"Banned for many years in the USSR, Hungarian director Miklós Jancsó's masterful 'The Red and the White' is a haunting, powerful film about the absurdity and evil of war. Set in Central Russia during the Civil War of 1918, the story details the murderous entanglements between Russia's Red soldiers and the counter-revolutionary Whites in the hills along the Volga. The epic conflict moves with skillful speed from a deserted monastery to a riverbank hospital to a final, unforgettable hillside massacre. The director of numerous Hungarian cinema classics, Jancsó here creates what many believe to be his finest work. 'The Red and the White' is a moving visual feast where every inch of the Cinemascope frame is used to magnificent effect. With his brilliant use of exceptionally long takes, vast and unchanging landscapes and Tamás Somló's hypnotic black and white photography, Jancsó gives the film the quality of a surreal nightmare. In the director's uncompromising world, people lose all sense of identity and become hopeless pawns in the ultimate game of chance." (Fandor)

"Jancsó organizes the swarming and scattered fighters with a stupendous, almost unnoticed virtuosity, delineating the chaotic action in precise, flowing long takes." (The New Yorker) "'The Red and the White' is at all times enthralling to watch - an unfalteringly superb parade of images." (National Film Theatre) 


director: Miklós Jancsó
producer: András Németh, Kirill Sirjajev, Jenõ Götz
screenplay: Gyula Hernádi, Miklós Jancsó, Luca Karall, Valeri Karen, Giorgi Mdivani
Editor: Zoltán Farkas
Cinematography: Tamás Somló

production company: Mosfilm

More info

dialogue: Hungarian
subtitles: Eng subt.
Country: Hungary
year: 1967


MIKLÓS JANCSÓ (1921-2014): We Took Over the Cause of Peace (1950, short), A szovjet mezögazdasági küldöttek tanításai (1951, short), A 8. szabad május 1 (1952, short), Ordinary Ways (1953, short), Arat az orosházi 'Dózsa' (1953, short), The Health-giving Waters of Tisza (1954, short), Portraits of an Exhibition (1954, short), Ösz Badacsonyban (1954, short), Galga mentén (1954, short), Emberek! Ne engedjétek! (1954, short), Young People, Remember (1955, short), Varsói világifjúsági talákozó I-III (1955, short), The Youth… Show more

Technical Specs

format: DCP
frame: 1:2,35

Other festival films by director Miklós Jancsó

2018:The Round-Up
2018:The Confrontation
2018:Winter Wind
2018:Red Psalm
1994:The Round-Up
1974:Winter Wind
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