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Silence and Cry (1968)

Csend és kiáltás (original title)
Miklós Jancsó's Silence and Cry is set during a turbulent era of disquiet, fear, persecution and terror, which permeates every corner of post-WWI Hungarian society. In 1919, after just a ... See full summary »

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Miklós Jancsó
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mari Töröcsik ... Teréz
József Madaras József Madaras ... Károly
Zoltán Latinovits Zoltán Latinovits ... Kémeri
Andrea Drahota Andrea Drahota ... Anna
András Kozák András Kozák ... István
István Bujtor István Bujtor ... Kovács II.
Ida Siménfalvy Ida Siménfalvy ... Teréz' mother
János Koltai János Koltai ... Peasant
Sándor Siménfalvy Sándor Siménfalvy ... Old peasant
Kornélia Sallay Kornélia Sallay ... Auntie Veronika
Mária Goór Nagy Mária Goór Nagy ... Kis Veronika
János Görbe ... The shepherd
László Szabó ... Detective
Philippe Haudiquet Philippe Haudiquet ... Photographer
Ila Schütz Ila Schütz
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Miklós Jancsó's Silence and Cry is set during a turbulent era of disquiet, fear, persecution and terror, which permeates every corner of post-WWI Hungarian society. In 1919, after just a few months of communist rule the Hungarian Republic of Councils falls victim to a nationalist counter-revolution. Admiral Horthy, leader of the nationalist far right movement, becomes the self-proclaimed regent of Hungary, and assumes power as the legal Head of State. Soldiers of the short-lived Hungarian Red Army are now on the run from relentless secret policemen and patrol units of the nationalist Royal Gendarme. If caught, ex-Red Army soldiers are executed without mercy or proper trial. István Cserzi, a former soldier of the Red Army has fled to the Great Hungarian Plains and has taken refuge on a farm, which is run by two sympathetic women. Due to the generosity of these women and a former childhood pal, who is now a commandant of the local Royal Gendarme outfit, István is safely hidden from the ... Written by 21st Century DreamQuest Films Ltd

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Country:

Hungary

Language:

Hungarian

Release Date:

14 March 1968 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Cisza i krzyk See more »

Filming Locations:

Hungary

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Mafilm See more »
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Mono

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Miklós Jancsó's former DOP, Tamás Somló was busy filming The Girl (1968), the first feature film of Márta Mészáros (Jancsó's wife). Mészáros and Jancsó agreed that she would work with the experienced DOP, and Jancsó would work with János Kende. See more »

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Beautiful cinematography
25 April 2018 | by mark_devlinSee all my reviews

The film is beautifuly filmed although the graininess and narrow dynamic range partially counteract that. It depicts a snakes and ladders series of bullying, everyone takes what opportunities they get to make life sour for the others around them but there is no static pecking order as everyone has different levels of leverage with everyone else. Entertaining for a cineast but not so much for anyone else.


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