The Red and the White
One of the most gorgeously fluid movies ever made, miklós jancsó’s russian civil warfare photo is a soviet production by way of manner of a fiercely unbiased hungarian auteur—all the opulent production and herculean skill with the digital camera that characterised the satisfactory of the communist bloc’s filmmaking, minus the didacticism of its worst. Mosfilm for a few reason agreed to finance it (before later re-editing, then banning it);
It’s tough to peer how the movie’s fatalistic conceit, the narrative baton continuously passing from one faction and one person to the following as squaddies die on the palms of their “crimson” or “white” enemy, ought to ever were viewed as whatever apart from explicitly anti-struggle. It’s a gallery of horrors—officials jumping to their deaths rather than being taken prisoner, captive squaddies used as shifting target exercise, civilian ladies forced to bounce for their captors—made hypnotic by jancsó’s sheer method. Higher than possibly every other, jancsó’s movie makes the case for the utter wastefulness of struggle. All this death, and after 90 minutes, not a lesson learned.