Szegénylegények | The Round-Up | Les Sans-espoir [1966]

10/10 | 11.Mar.12
Szegénylegények | The Round-Up | Les Sans-espoir

(Miklós Jancsó: 1966)

It’s hard to know where to begin with THE ROUND-UP (“Szegénylegények” which apparently should more accurately be translated as “The Hopeless Ones”, 1966), so I’ll just say that it’s extraordinarily powerful, bleak, abstracted, stunningly beautiful, astonishingly choreographed. Anything I could say beyond that would sound pretentious and I don’t have the formal vocabulary to express myself anyway. This is a movie that begs to be seen on a giant screen. I’ve seen a quote from someone about this movie over and over and it is absolutely the case: SZEGÉNYLEGÉNYEK is “a total absorption of content into form”. 10/10. [3/11/12]


  1. […] last of Miklós Jancsó’s 1960′s B&W wide-screen exercises in style that included Szegénylegények (1965) and Csillagosok, katonák (1967) and, I would argue, Így jöttem (1964). I think you could […]

  2. […] surprised by Frenzy, but thrilled with Au hasard Balthazar and Vivre sa vie and, especially, with Szegénylegények / The Round-Up. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:LikeBe the first to like […]

  3. […] in movement, but whereas Jancsó’s intricate choreography is impeccably timed (brilliantly in Szegénylegények and Csillagosok, katonák, but almost overwhelmingly so in Csend és kiáltás, Tarr’s camera […]

  4. […] went away when I realized that what Jancsó has done is jettison the wide-screen deep focus of Szegénylegények and Csillagosok, katonák (and Így jöttem and Csend és kiáltás) for the zoom lens. […]


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