Published on October 22nd, 2010 | by Chris5
The Red and the White (1967)
The Red and the White appears to me to be a Communist propaganda film straight out of the East Block. I can't see it any other way. It seems to get rave reviews from every source I see, but quite frankly, I just don't see it that way.
First and foremost, this seems to me to be a propaganda piece, plain and simple. The "evil" Czarists (the Whites) persecuting, pursuing, and mercilessly killing the Bolsheviks (the Reds) during the height of the Bolshevik revolution... with a bit of a twist, the Hungarian element. Throughout, you'll see one or more of the Red soldiers proclaim, "but I'm Hungarian!" and the Whites go, "right! off you go then!"... instead of executing them with the rest of the Russian Reds, which seems to happen quite a bit. A product of the Hungarian source of the film, no doubt, but its almost funny (almost) after the 3rd time or so.
If nothing else it surely demonstrates the cruelty and inhumanity of war, on both sides. Numerous times we see groups toyed with and then executed, war crimes committed, and the choices that are made out of necessity.
But to me, it just comes across as the "evil" Whites out to slaughter the "noble" Reds, especially as the film ends, and the remaining band of Reds is slaughtered in a "last stand" charge against the Whites. Granted that's how these things often play out, with the victors determining how history is portrayed, but in this case it is just a little too obvious.
Am I wrong? I don't know. I just didn't care for this one all that much.
The only video I could find, not sure it really shows anything else than what I've described above.... Your mileage may vary, of course.
The Red and The White
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Banned for many years in the USSR, Hungarian director Miklos Jancso's masterful The Red and the White is a haunting, powerful film about the absurdity and evil of war. Set in Central Russia during the Civil War of 1918, the story details the murderous entanglements between Russia's Red soldiers and the counter-revolutionary Whites in the hills along the Volga...
DVD InformationBinding: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Brand: Kino Video
Manufacturer: Kino Video
Original Release Date:
- József Madaras
- Tibor Molnár
- András Kozák
- Jácint Juhász
- Anatoli Yabbarov
- RED & THE WHITE, THE CSILLAGOSOK, KATON (DVD MOVIE)
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Summary: If nothing else it surely demonstrates the cruelty and inhumanity of war, on both sides.