Viewed 11/22/03 (VHS) (First Viewing)
For his epic war film [b]The Red and the White[/b], director Miklós Jancso reduces the two opposing sides to tiny dots lining sweeping landscapes, rendering them indefinable from each other. By doing this, Jancso is able to effectively demonstrate how meaningless and utterly absurd war really is when looked at from an objective perspective.
We as viewers are never allowed to get close enough to any one person in the film to start creating an attatchment of one kind or another, so it is the visuals and pace are required to carry the film. Thankfully, they do. The black and white cinematography is extraordinary, complete with sweeping plains, forests of birch trees and an ancient monastery. It is because the film is so visually gorgeous that it's able to maintain the viewer's attention.
Overall an interesting film, though not one that causes great affection.