An elliptical, claustrophobic drama shot in the brilliant, breathtaking long takes that are Jancsó’s trademark, Silence and Cry is set after the fall of the short-lived Hungarian Soviet Republic of 1919. A young Red soldier, fleeing the anti-Communist manhunt, takes refuge at the isolated farm of a peasant family, who are already under police scrutiny for being politically suspect...
Working on a more intimate canvas, following the epic The Round-Up and The Red and the White (of which this film forms the final part of an unofficial ‘trilogy’) Hungarian master Jancsó's film explores the terrible, tyrannical impact of power, politics and history.
1968 Venice Film Festival / Official Selection
“One of Jancsó’s masterpieces – perhaps even his best film of all – and totally unlike anything else in the cinema”
- John Russell Taylor
“Jancsó’s characteristic sequence shots turn the chamber drama into a political thriller pregnant with wider connotations"
- Tony Rayns, Time Out
"A masterly, hypnotic stylistic exercise by a major director... Jancsó’s depiction of the suspended reality and Kafkaesque despair produced by war is now complete"
- Don Allen, Monthly Film Bulletin
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