Szegénylegények, black and white Hungarian drama, 1965, dir: Miklós Jancsó, Language: Hungarian, Subtitles: English, 90’
Szent István square
Directed by Miklós Jancsó
Screenplay by Gyula Hernádi
Director of photography: Tamás Somló
Cast: János Görbe, Zoltán Latinovits, Tibor Molnár
It is 1869 and the government orders the final disbandment of brigands. Arrested suspects are held behind a palisade on the Great Plain and interrogated at a nearby farm. The gendarmerie uses various methods to break the prisoners, playing a cruel game exploiting their weak points. Miklós Jancsó’s historical parable models the complex relationship between authority and the individual. The Round-Up is a shockingly accurate, eternally-valid report on systems that deprive the individual of freedom, a milestone in Hungarian film history and a seminal work of Modernism acknowledged internationally.
NFI Hungary – Film Archive