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Red Psalm [DVD] [1972]

József Madaras , Tibor Orbán , Miklós Jancsó    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: József Madaras, Tibor Orbán, Tibor Molnár, Jácint Juhász, Gyöngyi Bürös
  • Directors: Miklós Jancsó
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Hungarian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Second Run
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Oct 2011
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0051ZH96M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,480 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Winner of the Best Director Prize at the 1972 Cannes Film Festival, Red Psalm is also one of the great Hungarian film director Miklos Jancsó's best-known films. Recounting the story of a peasant uprising in Hungary in the 1890s, the film examines the nature of revolt, and the issues of oppression, morality and violence. Shot using just 28 long takes, Red Psalm is an extraordinary film, a virtuoso exercise of form and content and a formidable work of art from a filmmaker at the peak of his powers.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Még Kér a nép 1 Nov 2011
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Red Psalm has finally arrived from the excellent folks at Second Run.
It may only be 82 minutes and only 28 shots but this represents a lot of Miklós Jancsó magic.

The story itself concerns a socialist uprising of farm workers and the authorities suppression of their rebellion. It's like a kind of socialist passion play, executed in the round within the landscape, while the constant roving eye of the camera directs our gaze towards the events of the narrative.

This can seem quite confusing to begin with particularly if you haven't seen the director at work before. I would liken it to a cycle of fresco paintings in which the artist has represented a number of narrative moments simultaneously within one framing device. Within the 28 long takes which comprise the film the director marshals his resources composing the next scene as the continuous take progresses. What can initially appeared to be chaos is in fact a highly organised and meticulously choreographed sequence of events which remain stunningly cinematic. Please expunge any thoughts of Hitchcock's Rope from your mind.

Ostensibly this is a film without editing and the cuts between the long takes are a matter of necessity. Of course the constant re-framing is a form of spatial editing but remarkably Jancsó actually creates a temporal edit within the constructs of the long take. At one point it is clear, to me at any rate, that not only does the re-framing denote a progression within the narrative but it also indicates a shift in time within the narrative. It's the work of a genius.

The narrative itself remains somewhat amorphous while the cast represent archetypes of peasants, soldiers, clergy and landowners and so on, rather than defined characters with a 'back story'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Miklos Jansco is unique. 20 Dec 2011
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Miklos Jansco's films of the 1960s and 1970s are unique in World Cinema. Their extraordinary choreography of radical political events in Hungarian history will not be to everyone's taste, but for me these are extraordinary films made by a director of possible genius. 'Red Psalm' continues with the style of 'The Round Up' (1965) and 'The Red and The White' (1967) in its stunning portayal of a peasant uprising and its consequence in rural C19th Hungary. You either like it or you don't - I love it.
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