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Homage: Miklos Jancso

THE CONFRONTATION

 

Director_ Miklos Jancs^#243;
 
Hungary 1969 82min 35mm color feature
Review

Miklos Jancso used to call his films ‘political musicals’, which looks perfectly in accordance with The Confrontation. In this film, he takes only 31 shots for 82 minutes’ running time with flowing camera walks, in order to catch the characters dancing, or moving rhythmically like dancing, as well as singing political songs. This Jancso’s musical is set in the late 1940s at a religious school occupied by the students from the National Association of University Students. It watches the students dividing and confronting conflicts as they claim different ways of overthrowing the existing orders; to approach to a solution through discussion or to enforce a solution they believe is right. Jancso is aware that this film has impacts over present though it is set in 1940s. In fact, Jancso took this story because he was stimulated by the incident that swept over France then, and also because he thought that the incident was similar to what happened in Hungary before. The characters are dressed in 1960s costume though the film is set in 1940s, which definitely is intended to mean that it is developing the filmic political science with universality. The most critical part in this film is the scene that the leaders command the orders while the group of students sing and dance on the other side. The Confrontation is the expression of Jancso’s opinion that the power operates its own mechanism to maintain its position even in the world where the song of democracy resonates.

CREDIT
  • DirectorMiklos Jancso
  • ScreenplayGyula Hernadi
  • ProducerSzilard Ujhelyi
  • CinematographyTamas Somlo
CastAndras Kozak, Lajos Balazsovits, Andrea Drahota, Kati Kovacs, Andras Balint
DIRECTOR
Miklós Jancsó
 
Born in 1921, Vac, Hungary. After studies in law, ethnography and art history at Kolozsvar University (now in Romania), he studied film directing at the Hungarian Academy of Drama and Film in Budapest. In the fifties he made news and documentary films before directing his first feature film in 1958. In 1963, Cantata made him recognized as “possessing the crisis mentality of intellects rarely found in communist films”. Since then he became widely known to Europe with The Round-up and The Red and the white, deemed the greatest film in films history. His films, mostly reflecting the history of repeating violence and repression, have been making their fame by the bold and powerful mise en scene staged in Hungarian great plain, the long take cinematography beautifully capturing moving characters and the choreography direction.
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