Cinema: Heroes and Villains

"In the final analysis," says Hungarian Film Maker Miklós Jancsó, "I find no solution to the problem of reconciling man's power with his freedom." Even so, Jancsó has made a singular struggle to come to grips with the problem in such epical films as The Roundup and The Red and the White. Using historical narrative and an elliptical style, he has developed a highly personal cinema for the avowed purpose of "killing all sentimental romanticism." In its place he has substituted a gray bleakness as background for his fables of political manipulation and moral subversion.

As he has dug more deeply...

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