The Red and the White

Director: Miklós Jancsó
Year Released: 1967
Rating: 2.0

Depiction of the conflict between Russian Communists (the Red) and Czarists (the White) in the early part of the 20th century and what appears to have been an impressive body count as a result. Jancsó has two loves: elaborate tracking shots (in which people alternate between being close to and far from the camera) and bodies (nude and alive or dead) floating in the water - there is no plot or attempt at characterization, and the view of war is insultingly impassive. It doesn't have much to say about politics and prefers to look at the nature of conflict as arbitrary - make one wrong step and you get executed - though it did irk the Russians enough to ban it for a while (although no one comes out of this looking like a hero).