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Jancsó, Miklós (1921–2014) By Humphrey, Daniel

DOI: 10.4324/9781135000356-REM322-1
Published: 09/05/2016
Retrieved: 18 March 2018, from


Hungarian director Miklós Jancsó (September 27, 1921–January 31, 2014) emerged in the 1960s with a series of films professing both an unapologetic Marxist perspective and a subtextually resonant critique of Soviet-style totalitarianism. His earliest films exhibited a palatable, even popular form of Socialist Realism, but his work departed from realist models after 1968; he developed a style involving extremely long takes (one of his features comprises only twelve shots), intricately choreographed crowd scenes, and pageant-like parables that at times depart notably from the confines of reality: In Még kér a nép [Red Psalm] (1972) characters killed on screen are casually resurrected; in Szerelmem, Elektra [Electra, My Love] (1974) an anachronistic helicopter arrives in the final shot to carry its ancient Greek protagonists away to their destiny; and in any number of films, actors (often naked) and animals (usually horses) move in relation to each other in ballet-like synchronicity across vast outdoor plains.

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Humphrey, Daniel. "Jancsó, Miklós (1921–2014)." The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. : Taylor and Francis, 2016. Date Accessed 18 Mar. 2018 doi:10.4324/9781135000356-REM322-1

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