Director: Miklos Jancsó
Hungary / 1972 / 87 min
A passion play with a distinctly socialist bent, Red Psalm recalls the harvesting strikes that brought rural Hungary to a standstill in the 1890s and the repressive carnage that followed in their aftermath, historical happenings that are given a thrumming immediacy thanks to Jancsó’s astonishing orchestration of collective choreography.
“Unfurls as sinuously as a strand from the maypole around which the peasants dance… Jancsó’s most optimistic film—perhaps the most ecstatic fusion of political and formal radicalism in the 40 years since Dovzhenko’s Earth.”—J. Hoberman, Film Comment