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327 Ratings

Red Psalm

Még kér a nép

Directed by Miklós Jancsó
Hungary, 1972
War, Drama, Musical


Set in the 1890s on the Hungarian plains, a group of farm workers go on strike in-which they face harsh reprisals and the reality of revolt, oppression, morality and violence.

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Red Psalm Directed by Miklós Jancsó

Critics reviews

The mise en scène is built on manoeuvrings so stylised they stretch ‘realism’ to, and beyond, its breaking point. The film’s true mode might be described as symbolical fantasy, enriched by strong phenomenological realism.
January 01, 2002
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A recent documentary about communist musicals called East Side Story assumes that communist-bloc directors were just itching to make Hollywood extravaganzas and invariably wound up looking square and ill-equipped. But Red Psalm, a dazzling, open-air revolutionary pageant, is a highly sensual communist musical that employs occasional nudity as lyrically as the singing, dancing, and nature. That is to say, within its own specially and exuberantly defined idioms, it swings as well as wails.
January 01, 2000
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