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Red Psalm

Issue No. 2274

Red Psalm centres on the peasant uprisings of Hungary in the late 19th century.

Pagan rituals start to mix with the works of Engels in this astonishing film, first released in 1972.

It’s heavy on religious symbolism and folk music. But it is also a complicated discussion of how to achieve a fair world, and the hope needed to fight for it.

There is very little dialogue, but the cinematography is breaktaking—and it was filmed in just 28 long shots.

Red Psalm gives poetic form to people’s belief that change is possible.

This re-release offers a fresh chance to see Jancsó’s epic in all its cinematic glory.

Red Psalm

director Miklós Jancsó

DVD, £12.99

released 24 October

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Tue 18 Oct 2011, 18:59 BST
Issue No. 2274
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