Szegénylegények (1966)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Period Film, Political Drama  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Hungary  |  
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The English-language title of this Hungarian drama refers to a true incident of 1848. Following the famous Kossuth Rebellion, the Hungarian police "round up" the likely suspects. They then subject the peasant prisoners to a sophisticated, ritualized form of psychological torture. Any resemblance between the authorities of 1848 and the communist rulers of Hungary in 1965 is purely intentional. Filmed in the manner of a modern documentary, The Round-Up (originally Szegenylegenyek) created a sensation when shown at the 1966 Cannes Film Festival, making the international reputation of its brilliant young director, Miklos Jancso.

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politics, atrocity, betrayal, concentration-camp, expose [revelation], Fascism, fear, human-rights, humiliation, imprisonment, killing, peasant, political-prisoner, politician, revolution, terror, torture, totalitarianism