The reds are the Communists and the whites are the Czarists. This film is about Hungary’s involvement in the Russian Civil War that ensued after the October Revolution in 1917. There are no climaxes, very few cuts, and many executions. The film is a like a very carefully choreographed ballet. You do see some Hungarians and their involvement in the fighting, but what you come away with in watching this isn’t that the Hungarians saw the nobility of the reds cause and fought for them. You get the feeling that the Russians treated Hungary and Hungarians as their battlefield and locals in the way, respectively. It’s beautiful and haunting like the scene where several women are forced to dance with each other in a forest clearing while some Russians play instruments and others watch.

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