Screenwriter and director Miklós Jancsó was the creator of a unique film language centered around his mastery of the tracking shot. The first internationally recognized representative of modern Hungarian filmmaking, his extraordinary works examined oppressive authority and the mechanics of power. Kino Lorber is proud to present six of his classic features restored in 4K from their original camera negatives by the National Film Institute Hungary – Film Archive.
The Round-Up (1966) depicts a prison camp in the aftermath of the 1848 Hungarian Revolution. A true classic of world cinema. The Red and the White (1967) is a haunting, powerful film about the absurdity and evil of war set in Central Russia during the Civil War of 1918. The Confrontation (1968) is a story of protest and rebellion set in 1947 Hungary, when the Communist Party has just taken power. Winter Wind (1969) consists of twelve fluid long takes that capture a mid-1930s group of Croatian anarchists. Red Psalm (1971) follows a group of farm workers who go on strike in1890s Hungary, for which Jancsó wont he best director prize at Cannes. Electra, My Love (1974) is a richly inventiveadaptation of the Greek myth that consists of 12 single take, intricately choreographed set pieces.”
DISC 1: THE ROUND-UP audio commentary by film historian Michael Brooke | Short films by Miklós Jancsó: Red Indian Story (1961), Presence (1965), Second Presence (1978), Third Presence (1986) ||
DISC 2: THE RED AND THE WHITE audio commentary by film historian Jonathan Owen | Short films by Miklós Jancsó: Autumn in Badacsony (1954), Harvest in Orosháza (1953), With a Camera in Kostroma (1967) ||
DISC 3: THE CONFRONTATION audio commentary by film historian Kat Ellinger | WINTER WIND audio commentary by film historian Samm Deighan ||
DISC 4: RED PSALM audio commentary by film historian Kat Ellinger | ELECTRA, MY LOVE audio commentary by film historian Samm Deighan