The Red And The White

Csillagosok, katonák
Director: Miklós Jancsó

Hungary, 1967, drama, 90 min., hungarian with english and lithuanian subtitles, N-13

The plot of the film takes place in 1918 on Soviet territory and reveals the murderous clashes between Red troops and the overwhelming White guards. The commander of the Hungarian volunteers stationed in the monastery at Ipatyev prepares for the execution of White prisoners, but in a few minutes it is the Whites who begin a terrible man-slaughter over his corpse. It is only a couple of Hungarians, László and his boss István who escape. László carries the news about destruction to the main troops passing a hospital. István and his companions who stuck there are killed by the Whites. There is a tiny Red battalion to revenge this then they march to their death singing the Marseilles. László salutes with his sword on the spot.

(Source: Hungarian Film Institute)

Section: Miklós Jancsó film retrospective

Screenplay: Miklós Jancsó, Gyula Hernádi, Georgii Mdivani

Dir. of Photography: Tamás Somló

Producer: István Nemeskürty

Cast: András Kozák, Krystyna Mikolajewska, Jácint Juhász