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The Red and the White

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Original title
Csillagosok, katonák (The Red and the White)
Year
Running time
90 min.
Country
Hungary Hungary
Director
Screenwriter
Gyula Hernádi, Miklós Jancsó, Luca Karall, Valeri Karen, Giorgi Mdivani
Cinematography
Tamás Somló (B&W)
Cast
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Producer
Co-production Hungary-Soviet Union (USSR); Mafilm / Mafilm / Brandon Films
Genre
Drama. War | Russian Revolution
Synopsis / Plot
In 1919, Hungarian Communists aid the Bolsheviks' defeat of Czarists, the Whites. Near the Volga, a monastery and a field hospital are held by one side then the other. Captives are executed or sent running naked into the woods. Neither side has a plan, and characters the camera picks out soon die. A White Cossack officer kills a Hungarian and is executed by his own superiors when he tries to rape a milkmaid. At the hospital, White officers order nurses into the woods, dressed in finery, to waltz. A nurse aids the Reds, then they accuse her of treason for following White orders. Red soldiers walk willingly, singing, into an overwhelming force. War seems chaotic and arbitrary.
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