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The Confrontation (Fényes szelek) [DVD]

Andrea Drahota , Kati Kovács , Miklós Jancsó    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Andrea Drahota, Kati Kovács, Lajos Balázsovits, András Kozák
  • Directors: Miklós Jancsó
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Hungarian, Hebrew, Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • 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: 28 Jan 2013
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,962 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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From the director of THE ROUND-UP, MY WAY HOME and RED PSALM.

Paralleling the dramatic student protests and riots that were exploding across the world in the 1960s at the time the film was made, THE CONFRONTATION is a story of protest and rebellion in 1947 Hungary when the Communist Party have just taken power.

Jancso's first colour film is another virtuoso display by a director at the peak of his powers, and eloquently explores the complex issues and inherent problems of revolutionary democracy.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: Hungarian ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Booklet, Interactive Menu, Remastered, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Jancsó's first film in colour is a virtuoso display by one of cinema's greatest artists. It eloquently explores the complex issues and inherent problems of revolutionary democracy and asks the question: what happens after the revolution is won? Paralleling the dramatic student protests and riots that were exploding across the world in the 1960s when the film was made, The Confrontation is a story of rebellion in Hungary 1947 after the Communist Party had just taken power. Told in an operatic but supremely naturalistic style with songs of revolution used to punctuate the narrative and shot in long fluid takes, The Confrontation combines a radical aesthetic with radical politics to become a film as revolutionary in form as it is in subject. ...The Confrontation ( Fényes szelek ) ( Sparkling Winds )

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5.0 out of 5 stars Light of the revolution 3 April 2013
By Balbec
Released by Second Run in a poster-bright colour print, The Confrontation portrays agitation for radical political change while at the same time questioning its possibility.
Loosely based on the history of agitation by communist students for radical educational reform at the time of the Stalinist takeover in Hungary in 1947, the film shows a series of recurring confrontations between three groups of protagonists - the radical students, a group of more conservative (and bourgeois) seminarians, and the military/police forces of the new Hungarian people's democracy.
Shot in a series of long, elaborate, takes in and around the historic town of Veszprém, the film makes highly imaginative use of location, space and natural light to create a dreamlike series of tightly choreographed tableaux that demonstrate the interplay of the contesting forces and the tension between and within the three groups.
The movie's attention is mostly devoted to the group of radical students and the action - if such it can be called - falls into three parts. The first phase of agitation features a charismatic leading figure (Lajos Balázsovics) who attempts to use his powers of persuasion to convince both the seminarians and the police/military that change is necessary and possible and should be embraced by all, and acts as a kind of conciliatory figure between the different groups.
In the second phase the leader is `relieved' by more radical elements led by a young woman (Andrea Drahota) who accuse him of weakness and vacillation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Revolutionary Jancso Classic 19 Feb 2013
When the communists take power in Hungary in 1947 they send young militants into colleges to radicalise the students, teachers and education system.

Jancso was a big name director in the 1960s, but then fell into almost total neglect outside Hungary. For those of us who didn't see his films first time around, the Second Run DVD's of his mid 60s classics ('Way Home', 'Round Up' & 'Red and White') have been a revelation - it's not often you come across a director with a completely different and original style, a completely different type of cinema.

Second Run recently released a slightly later (1971) film 'Red Psalm' and 'Confrontation' is similar to 'Red Psalm' - it's a beautiful colour film (Jancso's first) and represents an historic event through choreographed, almost balletic movement of actors and camera, set to songs and folkloric dance. But 'Confrontation' is earlier (1968) and seems a more coherent film to me than 'Red Psalm'. Jancso sets the film in one college and, given his trademark symbolic style, the film becomes heavily allegorical. Doubtless the college stands for divided Hungary in 1947 slipping into communist terror, but the allegorical resonances are much broader. In fact the film is more redolent of the year of its making 1968 than 1947 and brings to mind both May 68 student revolutions and the young red guard activities in the cultural revolution in China ('Confrontation' would make an eclectic period piece triple bill with Godard's 'La Chinoise' and Lindsay Anderson's 'If').

Idealistic communist youths trying to win over the main body of students through democratic debate are contrasted with an ultra leftist faction who think that force - terror - must be used to defeat the reactionaries and closet fascists.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jancsó's first musical? 30 Jan 2013
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This is another astonishing film from the Hungarian master but the English title is really a rendering of the films narrative because the actual title I think, is something like sparkling winds. This is a phrase taken from one of the many revolutionary songs that are sung during the confrontation.

This new release from Second Run brings to five the number of Miklós Jancsó films in their catalogue, and lets hope there are many more. It is by far the best in terms of image quality, exhibiting strikingly vibrant colours and extremely crisp and clear sharpness and contrast. It does however suffer from the presents of sparkle, this being those white impressions of dust, due to its presence on the negative at the time of printing. This is very noticeable at the head of the film and also to a lesser extent at other points throughout.

Also, there are end of reel cue marks that are rather intrusive and appear throughout but are particularly dominant at the end of what must be the first reel. These marks are generally associated with prints prepared for projection so I'm not entirely sure what this means in respect of the source material. Other than these small, if noticeable defects, the film does look spectacularly good compared to earlier Second Run Jancsó releases.

The confrontation consists of an 'invasion' of a seminary by a group of Marxist students, who positively radiate revolutionary zeal, and their attempts to engage the clergy and students with their new ideology. This confrontation inevitably leads to conflict and power struggles within the revolutionary group itself and with the state police and ultimately with the communist organising officials.
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