The Round-Up (Szegenylegenyek) (1965)





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The English-language title of this Hungarian drama refers to a true incident of 1848. Following the famous Kossuth Rebellion, the Hungarian police "round up" the likely suspects. They then subject the peasant prisoners to a sophisticated, ritualized form of psychological torture. Any resemblance between the authorities of 1848 and the communist rulers of Hungary in 1965 is purely intentional. Filmed in the manner of a modern documentary, The Round-Up (originally Szegenylegenyek) created a sensation when shown at the 1966 Cannes Film Festival, making the international reputation of its brilliant young director, Miklos Jancso. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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János Görbe
as Janos Gajdor
András Kozak
as Kabai's Son
Zoltan Latinovits
as Imre Veszelka
Istvan Avar
as Interrogator 1
Béla Barsi
as Guard
Lajos ??ze
as Interrogator 2
Janos Koltai
as Bela Varju
Joe Horvath
as Guard
Geza Tordy
as Young Officer
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Critic Reviews for The Round-Up (Szegenylegenyek)

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A necessarily heavy but unforgettable viewing experience.

Full Review… | February 12, 2004
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Audience Reviews for The Round-Up (Szegenylegenyek)


Yeah, the long takes are nice, even though Jancso may have influenced Tarr the takes here are not as long and dynamic. Jancso really makes some great wide-screen compositions especially that of the vast empty landscapes. I don't know anything about the Hungarian history depicted so much of the background is lost to me and so I didn't care much for the absurd cat and mouse game in the story.

X. T. C.
X. T. C.

The term "Kafka-esque" definitely applies here. It calls to mind another Jancso film, The Red and the White, where neither side of the conflict is worth rooting for, not to mention more of that impressive, fluid camerawork. Both are outstanding, powerful, slightly surreal examinations of moral indifference. Red & White has a broader sweep which covers more thematic ground, but the narrower focus of Round-Up actually lets you get to know a few of the characters.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

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