Archive Cinema City 2012.

The Round-Up


Genre: Drama
Country: Hungary
Year: 1965
Duration: 95 min

Director: Miklós Jancsó
Scenario: Gyula Hernádi

Cast: János Görbe, Zoltán Latinovits, András Kozák, Tibor Molnár, Gábor Agárdi

Programme selection: Focus: Hungary

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In the 1860s, forces of the Austro-Hungarian Empire round up a group of peasants and, through a ritualistic process of interrogation, torture and execution, attempt to weed out partisans who had participated in Hungary’s 1848 revolt against Habsburg rule. THE ROUND-UP meant Jancsó’s international breakthrough. In words of Magyar director Zoltán Fábri, this is "perhaps the best Hungarian film which has ever been made."


Miklós Jancsó is considered to be one of the greatest directors in Hungarian film history. He studied Law, History of Art and Etnography at the same time. After getting his Law degree in 1944 he was immediately recruited; short after, the Soviets made him prisoner. After the liberation of Hungary, he enrolled the Dramatic Arts Faculty, where he graduated in Direction in 1951. Before shooting his first feature THE BELLS HAVE GONE TO ROME (1958) he made a series of commissioned documentaries. His so-called History trilogy (THE ROUND-UP, THE RED AND THE WHITE and SILENCE AND CRY) brought him international acclaim.


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