In the brutal Civil War which took place, Hungarian volunteers supported the 'Red' revolutionaries in a war against the 'White' counter-revolutionaries who were seeking to restore the old Czarist order. through its stylistic virtuosity, ritualistic power and sheer beauty, Jancso invites us to study the mechanisms of power almost abstractly and with a cold eroticism that clearly portrays the utter futility of war. Although the film was an Hungarian-Russian co-production, the Russian authorities banned it from being shown anywhere in the Soviet Union.
I confess I didn't watch much. Soldiers are told to take off their boots and walk to different places with no feeling for why or what the outcome of it is likely to be. This happens a number of times. I could not get interested in it at all. Would suit a historian interested in the 1919 Soviet period.