Revolutionary in form as well as content, "Electra, My Love" is one of the great Miklós Jancsó's finest works. Set amidst the open plains and grasslands of Hungary, and shot in twelve long, beautiful, intricately choreographed takes by cinematographer János Kende, it is a provocative call to arms against any system that rules without justice. An expert in the symbolic expression of forbidden political ideas, Jancsó here radically reworks the ancient Greek myth as a philosophical reflection on the dialectics of power and oppression. Electra (seeking revenge for the murder of her father, the former king) attempts to rouse a cowardly and apathetic population against the rule of usurper tyrant Aegisthus. Jancsó's film examines issues of law, justice and power; the deliberate distortion of myth and reality reflecting the real horrors that Hungary had endured and was at that time still enduring. It s relevance for contemporary society is still potent and clear today.
Only the 4th I’ve seen from prolific Hungarian director Miklos Jancso although his films can be difficult this was pretty much a breeze to sit through once you become familiar with its Hungarian settings and the wonderful symbolism thats on show.Its rise and fall of a tyrant story is told with little dialogue but told more within its fine use of expression and movement, it’s striking to see it unfold especially from the brilliant way its background and foreground performers all in perfect sync utilise some really fantastic choreographic movements, the way the camera glides in and out following these players is nothing short of brilliant no wonder its acclaimed for its groundbreaking use of tracking/zoom shots and for it's extremely meticulous long takes.Pretty much essential viewing for anyone interested in Jancso’s works.
Other rec’s ...The Round-Up,No Way Home,The Red and White.