Jancsó's first film in colour is a virtuoso display by one of cinema's greatest artists. It eloquently explores the complex issues and inherent problems of revolutionary democracy and asks the question: what happens after the revolution is won?
Paralleling the dramatic student protests and riots that were exploding across the world in the 1960s when the film was made, The Confrontation is a story of rebellion in Hungary 1947 after the Communist Party had just taken power. Told in an operatic but supremely naturalistic style with songs of revolution used to punctuate the narrative and shot in long fluid takes, The Confrontation combines a radical aesthetic with radical politics to become a film as revolutionary in form as it is in subject.
The DVD is presented for the first time on DVD in a brand new anamorphic 16:9 digital transfer with restored image and sound, approved by the director, with a new and improved English subtitle translation and an expansive essay by author Graham Petrie.
• Brand new anamorphic 16:9 digital transfer with restored image and sound, approved by the director.
• New and improved English subtitle translation.
• 16-page booklet featuring an expansive essay by author Graham Petrie.
Andrea Drahota - Jutka Lantos
Kati Kovács - Teréz Szabó
Lajos Balázsovits - Laci
András Bálint - András
András Kozák - Police offi cer
József Madaras - Father Gellért
Balázs Kostolányi - Balázs
István Úri - Pista
Directed by Miklós Jancsó
Screenplay - Gyula Hernádi
Cinematography - János Kende
Dramaturg – Yvette Bíró
Cinematography – Támas Somló
Art Direction – Tamás Banovich
Editor – Zoltán Farkas
Sound – Mihály Lehmann
Music – Various revolutionary and folk songs
Song - 'March of the International Brigade' ('Madrid Border')
Music: Paul Arma / Poem: Aladár Komjáth
Jancsó's acclaimed films My Way Home, The Round-Up and
The Red and the White (either individually or all together in the specially-priced Miklós Jancsó Collection boxset) and Red Psalm are also available on Second Run DVD.
1968 Cannes Film Festival / Official Selection
“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”
Derek Malcolm, The Guardian
“The fascination of the film lies in the mastery with which Jancsó can give concrete form, on both literal and symbolic levels, to apparently abstract conflicts”
Rosalind Delmar, Monthly Film Bulletin