One of the most beautifully choreographed films of all time, "The Red Psalm" shows the master Jancso at his best in the handling of crowds and the elaborate mise-en-scene, largely determined by long and elegant tracking shots. Rarely has the utopian vision of emancipation been filmed with such poetry and imagery that stems from the fusion of folklore, sexuality and politics. Unforgettable, superior filmmaking!
If we were to say that the basic job of a director is to block out action and determine how to cover it w/ a camera, then it would seem obvious to me that Jancsó is the greatest director of all time. Nowhere else in art cinema are there basic logistics as mindblowing as in Jancsó. This is the first of his color films I have seen. And: wow. Red Psalm may be the best looking color movie subsequent to Red Desert.
Grottesco. Cioè ha una scena visivamente bellissima e anche il resto esteticamente non è male eh, ma porca la paletta zozza 'mpestata credo di non aver mai visto una cosa così didascalica. E non venitemi a dire "FUCKING CONSCIOUS, FUCKING POLITICAL" che negli stessi anni ce stavano Petri, Watkins, etcetc. 'tacci vostra.
A beautiful film visually and aurally. Technically speaking, this is a film making master class. However, the plot doesn't really progress throughout and it gets a little repetitive after a while. It would have been nice if it had gone into some other aspects of revolution/rebellion rather than replaying the 'proletariats surrounded by oppressors' scenario over and over.