Red Psalm

Director: Miklós Jancsó
Year Released: 1972
Rating: 2.0

Jancsó presents his portrait of Socialist Bliss: singing, dancing, three (and only three!) topless women, but shows that Harmony disrupted by the State and Violence. The camera movement is graceful and the entire picture looks like an impeccably coordinated dance - plus, Jancsó loves long takes, adding to the technical achievement - but with such a naive worldview as Socialism-is-Good and Capitalism-is-Bad (with a little dash of symbolism that I unfortunately missed out on, not being well-versed in the history of Hungary), it's really lightweight. It probably helps to look at it as a visual poem and indictment of violence instead of a strong defense of anything.