The Red and The White/Csillagosok, katonák
Director : Miklós Jancsó / Soviet Union, Hungary / 90 / Russian, Hungarian / 1967
Miklos Jancso’s epic historical drama chronicles the spill-over of the 1918 Russian Revolution into the director’s native Hungary, where the nation’s forces sided with the Communist Red Army against the overpowering counterrevolutionary White forces.
In this minimalist anti-war film, a faction of Hungarian soldiers on the side of the Russian Red army, led by a determined commander (Jozsef Madaras), fight against the pro-Czar white army in a remote Russian field near a dense wood along the Volga River. As the tide of battle ebbs and flows, a small group of compassionate nurses, including Olga (Krystyna Mikolajevska), do not differentiate between the sides, transporting all wounded soldiers to the nearby wood and treating their injuries.