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.
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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)
A strong film - but do not expect a masterpiece,
This review is from: The Red And The White (Amazon Video)'The Red and the White' is not one of the greatest Hungarian films ever made. Indeed it is a brave work to have been released in the time it was. In addition I respect its style of cinematography - which, rather than glorifying war and using it to try and entertain viewers, portrays it for what it is...but the camerawork consists mostly of tracking and panning (the first 30 minutes are in my opinion the best). While there is nothing wrong with this, the writing does not explore the film's underlying themes in depth. It is strong overall, but doesn't have enough scope in form or content to be a true masterpiece of the cinema as some call it. Rent it to learn about a film important to its country's cinema, but do not expect something near the level of some of better-known Hungarian filmmaker Bela Tarr's works (e.g. 'Satan's Tango,' 'Werckmeister Harmonies,' or even 'Damnation.')
The comparisons with Tarkovsky I disagree with. Just because a film is shot in long takes and... Read more
Great Film, Extremely Poor Dvd from KINO,
This review is from: The Red and The White (DVD)For starters this is really good foreign film. It probably is great, but for it to have a better impact on the viewer one must have a pretext of Russian history, and speak Russian, as the subtitles are quite sparse on this particular dvd. There are many situations where there is dialogue with nary a subtitle, which is quite annoying. The cinematography is beautiful, but again the viewer does not get the full effect due to some scenes having blurring of the pixels and constant graininess. Kino seems to have only transferred what looks like a vhs version to dvd without any kind of remastering. This film is sorely in need of being added to the Criterion Collection, so shame on Kino. How does a company like this have the rights to so many excellent films? On the bright side the dvd is watchable, more so than many great films currently only available on sorry public domain releases. I would not advocate paying the retail price for this dvd, as you do not get what you pay for. I purchased... Read more
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Summary: If nothing else it surely demonstrates the cruelty and inhumanity of war, on both sides.