Red Psalm
Red Psalm
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Earning him the best director prize at Cannes, Miklos Jancso's Red Psalm is arguably his best film. Set in the 1890s, it traces a rebellion of striking farmers, ultimately cut down by landowners and soldiers. Jancso has become synonymous with epic movies that employ deep-focus compositions, long takes, choreographed bodies, and slow, nonstop, deliberate camera movements. Comprising only 28 shots, Red Psalm is the ultimate "Jancso film," in that the formal qualities amplify, not overshadow, the operatic story and its themes of oppression and revolt. In Hungarian with optional English subtitles. Miklos Jancso---Hungary---1972---81 mins.

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