The Red and The White

The Red and the White

Miklos Jancso’s haunting work about the absurdity and evil of war.

Set in Central Russia during the Civil War of 1918, the story details the constant shifting of power between the White guards and the Red soldiers, first at an abandoned monastery, and later, at a field hospital.

Using the wide-screen technique consisting of very long takes and a ceaselessly tracking camera movement, Jancso has fashioned a brilliant visual style that gives his film the quality of a surreal nightmare. In Hungarian with English subtitles, 1968.