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A group of young men and women stand in a field while musicians play around them.
Red Psalm

Film

Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI

Red Psalm (Még kér a nép)

M

Melbourne Cinematheque

11 Nov

Red Psalm is a staggeringly complex and ambiguous depiction of a peasant socialist uprising against oppressive feudalist forces. This high-water mark of Miklós Jancsó’s mature style is a work filled with stylised violence, chaste nudity, symbolism, ritual and rousing songs. 

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  • The film defies narrative causality in a head-spinning flow of movement or "choreo-calligraphy"  as British film critic Raymond Durgnat called it.

    Jancsó orchestrates a huge cast filmed in sinuous long takes, creating striking images from and around the script by regular collaborators Gyula Hernádi and Yvette Biró.

    Winner of Best Director at the 1972 Cannes Film Festival.