Csillagosok, katonák (The Red and The White)
Csillagosok, katonák (The Red and The White) (1967)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 20, 1967
DVD Release Date: January 8, 2002
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

Jancsó organizes the swarming and scattered fighters with a stupendous, almost unnoticed virtuosity, delineating the chaotic action in precise, flowing long takes.

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Tony Rayns
Time Out

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.

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Fernando F. Croce

One of the few truly anti-war pictures

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

If you've never encountered Jancso's work, you shouldn't miss this.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It icily captures the gloomy mood of battle, painting each side in the same dismal color.

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Variety Staff

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.

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TV Guide

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.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...frustratingly esoteric and inaccessible.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
it's true the film has no real plot or central characters-- and that's exactly the point. it's a series of skirmishes between the red (soviet)… More
Walter M.
While exquisitely filmed, "The Red and the White" lacks any kind of traditional story, much less a beginning and an end to its tale. In fact, the… More
Dimitris Springer
The division bell is ringing too fast for the weak and meek.Reds,Whites,colors are futile.It's the physical and mental torture that fastens your… More