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the Red and the White
Hungary/USSR 1967
Main Feature: 87 minutes
Special Feature: 54 minutes
Certificate: 12
Black & White
2.35:1 16x9 Enhanced
Language: Hungarian
Subtitles: English On/Off
Region 0 buy
RRP: £12.99
Release Date: 27th March 2006
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 who were seeking to restore the old Czarist order.

Through its stylistic virtuosity, ritualistic power and sheer beauty, Jancsó invites us to study the mechanisms of power almost abstractly and with a cold eroticism that clearly portrays the utter futility of war. Although the film was an Hungarian-Russian co-production, the Russian authorities banned it from being shown anywhere in the Soviet Union.

Miklós Jancsó is arguably the key Hungarian filmmaker of the sound era and The Red and the White will be the first in a series of his films that Second Run DVD will be releasing.

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Special Features
- Message of Stones (Kövek üzenete) - Budapest: The first film in Miklós Jancsó's renowned but rarely-seen documentary series Message of Stones.

- New digital transfer with restored image and sound.

- Anamorphic 16:9 enhanced for widescreen televisions.

- New and improved English subtitle translation.

- Optimal quality dual-layer disc.

- Booklet featuring an interview with Miklós Jancsó conducted by writer/critic Andrew James Horton.

Main Cast and Crew
Hungarian Commander - József Madaras
Andras- Tibor Molnár
Laszlo - András Kozák
Istvan - Jácint Juhász
Captain Chelpanov - Anatoli Yabbarov
Cossack Officer - Sergei Nikonenko
Nestor - Mikhail Kozakov

Director - Miklós Jancsó

Screenplay - Gyula Hernádi, Miklós Jancsó,
Luca Karall, Valeri Karen, Giorgi Mdivani

Cinematography -  Tamás Somló
Editor - Zoltán Farkas
Production Design - Anatoli Burdo, Boris Chebotaryov,
Ferenc Kopp

Costume Design - Maya Abar-Baranovska, Gyula Várdai



1969 French Cinema Critics Award / Best Foreign Film

“If you've never encountered Jancsó’s work, you shouldn't miss this.” - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

"A tour de force of a very special kind ... an astonishing director." - Derek Malcolm, The Guardian

"Miklós Jancsó ... one of the great political film makers." - The Village Voice

"He occupies a unique place in Hungarian culture. If he hadn't made such films as The Round-Up, My Way Home, The Red and the White, and many others, there would have been a void.
Just like Bartók in music and Attila József in poetry, Miklós Jancsó expressed the spirit of his nation and its historical destiny in cinema" István Szabó

Related Titles
Miklós Jancsó's renowned films My Way Home, The Round-Up, The Confrontation, Red Psalm and Electra, My Love are also available on Second Run.

The Red and the White, My Way Home and The Round-Up are also available in the 3-disc Miklós Jancsó Collection Box Set.

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