Director: Miklos Jancsó
Hungary / 1966 / 90 min
One of Béla Tarr’s favorite films of all-time and a formative influence on his filmmaking, Jancsó’s international breakthrough lays its scene in the long, terrible aftermath of the suppressed 1848 Hungarian Revolution, as the Hapsburg crown struggles to root out the last untamed partisan dissidents, highwayman Sándor Rózsa and his band of outlaws. A harrowing study of psychological warfare and the wielding of authoritarian power, with Jancsó’s camera, describing the cruelty with formally bracing, fluid long takes, a marvel of constantly moving dynamism.
“A movie of hieratic stylized movement in a Kafka space… Jancsó’s fascinating style is based on a taut balance between a harsh, stark imagery and a desolate pessimism.”—Manny Farber