Miklós Jancsó’s brilliant allegorical take on the long aftermath of a defeated Hungarian uprising against Austrian rule in 1848 introduced the director to international audiences who embraced his distinctive and often elliptical visual style.
The Round-Up was rated one of the greatest films of all time by Jancsó’s great acolyte and fellow countryman Béla Tarr and screened at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival in the Cannes Classics section.
Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI
The Round-Up (Szegénylegények)
A massive success domestically, The Round-Up reflects on the betrayals and disappointments of distant and recent history. Breathtakingly shot in widescreen, and featuring uncompromising images of internment camps and the Hungarian Puszta, it’s a bracingly formal and clear-eyed vision of the inevitable "round-ups" enacted in the name of dictatorships.