World soundtrack awards
Film Fest Gent - The Round-Up
Archived: The Round-Up - Szegénylegények (1966)

director: Miklós Jancsó

With: János Görbe, Zoltán Latinovits, a.o.

duration: 90 minutes
Drama, Historical


"Moving from the sound of howling wind and creaking doors to ubiquitous military bugles and drums, the film has the inescapable, strangulating logic of a nightmare. The vastness of the widescreen, where flatlands stretch into the distance, only contributes to the feel of a noose being tightened, scene after scene, around the collective neck of the Hungarian rebels. Jancsó would mellow considerably in subsequent works, imbuing his allegories of political struggle with doses of humor, sensuality, and hope. It's the bleakness of 'The Round-Up', however, that most strikingly encapsulates the filmmaker's existential view of personal morality within bruising systems. An unmistakable influence on the cinema of Stanley Kubrick, Béla Tarr and Sergei Loznitsa, it's a 19th-century narrative that gazes back at the Soviet occupation of Hungary and ahead to Guantanamo Bay." (Movie Mezzanine)

"Those who have never seen a film by Miklós Jancsó from the 1960s, when this Hungarian director was at his peak, are usually astonished by the experience. To watch 'The Round-Up' or 'The Red and the White' for the first time is to witness a kind of film ballet entering the realms of political drama." (The Guardian) 


director: Miklós Jancsó
screenplay: Gyula Hernádi
Editor: Zoltán Farkas
Cinematography: Tamás Somló

production company: MAFILM IV. Játékfilmstúdió

More info

dialogue: Hungarian
subtitles: Eng subt.
Country: Hungary
year: 1966


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


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