I have never seen anything similar to Jancso's films. I've seen Red Psalm and Electra, my love in one evening and was overwhelmed with its lyricism and choreography. Performances and the whole setting resembles the theater work. All of the action takes place on a meadow and Jancso's focus in both films is on the oppressed and their struggle for liberation and justice. Amazing work.
The films of Miklos are popular in Hungary because everyone in Hungary is in his films. This is the Electra myth re-interpreted to talk about fear and how tyranny uses it to control the masses, and until people no longer fear death will the tyranny be overthrown. But it's really about how the story is told, on a giant canvas where characters move in and out of the frame. The choreography is something to behold.
As a film, abstract, staged, declaimed and almost balletic but the remarkable effect was particularly profound in the week of the catastrophe of the US Presidential election as Electra rails about the need for law to be observed and suggests that tyrants who blithely say everyone has the right to speak their mind should never be believed.
Contemporary adaptation of this classic myth with a socio-political background which remains typical in jancso filmography. Modern tragedy with its moral tension, heroicism, excesses and sacrifices. Despite its not from Paradjanov or Jeles I found this movie quite choregraphic with all its strange rituals. A director we have the pleasure to rediscover thanks to a handful of films reissues in dvd.