Csillagosok, katonák (The Red and The White)
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Csillagosok, katonák (The Red and The White)
Miklos Jancso's epic historical drama chronicles the spill-over of the 1918 Russian Revolution into the director's native Hungary, where the nation's forces sided with the Communist Red Army against the overpowering counterrevolutionary White forces.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"If you've never encountered Jancso's work, you shouldn't miss this."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"This is ostensibly a tribute to the Hungarian volunteers who fought with the Red Army against the pro-Tsarist Whites. But, Miklos Jancso clearly has an ironic contemporary agenda."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"It icily captures the gloomy mood of battle, painting each side in the same dismal color."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Jancso's formal stunner, although concerned with a specific time in Hungarian history, is also a universal story about war, the human patterns of power and submission, and the arbitrary laws of the universe."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Jancso concentrates his message on the philosophical problem of life and death. Unknown and nameless men enter history in a given moment and after some time they step out of the scene with their death."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The Red and the White is quintessential Jancso. Like most of his best known films, it is a study of war on its meanest and most squalid level."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"...frustratingly esoteric and inaccessible."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"A war film unlike any other."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com
"The effect is a precise ambivalence: a celebration of revolutionary heroism, and an icily detached recognition that both sides in a war can be mirror images of each other."
‑ Tony Rayns, Time Out
"One of the few truly anti-war pictures"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Bloody and uncompromising, but Janscó makes no value judgemanets and approtions no blame to either side."
‑ , Film4
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