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

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

Csillagosok, katonák (The Red and The White)




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Miklos Jancso has said, "To show things in bright colors is devastating." In Csillagosok, Katonak, he examines Hungarians fighting in the Red Army in 1918 during the bloody civil war in Russia. Utilizing horizontal compositions of vast landscapes and lateral tracking shots in a widescreen frame to depict the spaces between two great armies massed against each other, he makes no value judgments for a war in which guilt is shared by both sides in the conflict. The film details a Hungarian unit supporting the Red Army against the counter-revolutionary White army on the banks of the Volga. Jancso adds distinct touches like a White army officer casually tweaking his nose before ordering a mass execution and a doomed romance between a Magyar and a Polish nurse. Through all the confused violence and conflicting emotions, a stoical head nurse must tend to both Red and White army wounded.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Gyula Hernadi, Georgiy Mdivani, Miklós Jancsó
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 8, 2002
Brandon Films Inc.


Nikita Mikhalkov
as White Officer
Gleb Strizhenov
as White Colonel
Jozsef Madaras
as Hungarian Commander
Tatyana Konyukhova
as Yelizaveta the Matro...
Sergey Nikonenko
as Cossack Officer
Sergei Nikonenko
as Cossack Officer
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Critic Reviews for Csillagosok, katonák (The Red and The White)

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

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

Full Review… | May 25, 2015
New Yorker
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | September 24, 2014
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 24, 2014
Radio Times

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.

Full Review… | September 24, 2014
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Audience Reviews for Csillagosok, katonák (The Red and The White)


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) and the white (tsarists), plus assorted hungarian volunteers, immediately following the russian revolution. the film makes no judgement between the two sides, leading it to be banned by the soviets, who had funded it. one great statement about the chaos and futility of war

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


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 movie consists of a series of skirmishes between the well-outfitted and armed White armies and the remnants of the Red armies during the Russian Civil War in 1919. A good deal of this involves the hunting and executing of military prisoners, first sorting them into Russians and foreigners, before ordering them to take off their shirts which can either be considered a symbol of dehumanization or a sign that beneath a uniform, we are all the same. Like volunteers and insurgents in the Spanish Civil War and the current Gulf Wars, right or wrong, they see a struggle that transcends simple nationality. In this case, it is Hungarian soldiers who have traveled to Russia to aid the Red armies, hoping that their actions will help the revolution which in return will spur change in their own country. They might be glad to know their actions will indeed have an effect on the future of their country, if not exactly what they intended. Not only did Hungary not get the brand of socialism they wanted for it, but there were also the Soviet tanks of 1956.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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 seat.Whatever occurred in historical manners,this vice-versa irony is entrancing and utterly disturbing,since cruelty isn't measured in uniforms and consequences.

Dimitris Springer

Super Reviewer

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