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The Red and the White

Film

Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI

The Red and the White (Csillagosok, katonák)

Unclassified 18+

Melbourne Cinematheque

25 Nov

Originally commissioned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the October Revolution, this is Miklós Jancsó’s supremely even-handed but scarifying portrait of various battles along the Volga during the civil war between Communist and Tsarist forces.

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  • This often brutal and profoundly anti-war portrayal of the birth of communism was subsequently and unsurprisingly banned in the Soviet Union and, according to film critic and historian Derek Malcolm, was "unlike anything else coming out in world cinema at the time".

    Jancsó provides an overwhelming and visceral but also distanced vision of epochal events and monumental landscapes, all captured through his often mesmerising long takes.