Set in 1919, during the aftermath of the Russian Revolution, Miklós Jancsó’s The Red and the White is a war film unlike any other. In the brutal Civil War which took place, Hungarian volunteers supported the ‘Red’ revolutionaries in a war of attrition against the ‘White’ counter-revolutionaries.
The camera moves and hovers across the landscape capturing clusters of war. As much as you can see the hand of Jancso on this film....I find it entirely non self centered and most definitely non pretentious. He does not judge his characters one bit. The Impressionistic cinematography transmits like a painting rather than a 2 dimensional photograph where everything is in focus. Perfect!