The Red and the White

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Released 1968

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Director:
Miklos Jancso
Released:
1968
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The Red and the White is a critically acclaimed Hungarian war film directed by Miklos Jancso and released in 1968. This non-narrative film deals with real events that took place during the Russian civil war of 1918. Shot from the perspective of Hungarian soldiers supporting the Russian Communist cause, The Red and the White is starkly violent and shocking. Jancso refuses to glorify war, using extremely long takes to give viewers the impression that they are voyeurs on the bloody field of battle. There are few close-ups and fewer cutaway shots to provide relief from the fighting. Viewers have no individual characters with which to sympathize, so they must sympathize with all of humanity that is torn apart by war. The Red and the White is a powerful, dark, violent film with a visceral and unwelcome message: no combatants are innocent in war. Victims and murderers can be found on both sides of the battlefield.

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Classics, Foreign Language, Military & War