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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Fényes szelek" )


directed by Miklós Jancsó
Hungary 1969


Representatives of The Peoples' College - children of peasants and intellectuals - invade the grounds of a seminary college to convert its upper class students to their communist ideals. Laci (Lajos Balazsovits, CONFIDENCE) favors persuasion through discussion and debate, while Jutka (Andrea Drahota, RED PSALM) favors a more militant approach. Their actions are observed by a state police officer Andras (Andras Kozak, THE RED AND THE WHITE) who seems to be gauging the usefulness of each approach towards his own ends. When the students disrupt the Andras' attempt to round up five of the seminary students for arrest, Jutka convinces them that Laci is too indecisive and impulsive and should be relieved of his position. Jutka takes over and institutes a reign where resistance to bullying is considered provocation and suffering in silence is considered "peaceful fascism" (considerably more dangerous than "active fascism").

Made at a time when Hungarian filmmaking was heavily regulated by the government - particularly films critical of the Communist Party - Jancso took an indirect approach that is critical of all sides and power's overall ability to corrupt whoever is in charge. Laci is indecisive and Jutka is fascistic with the police in between and malleable to both approaches so long as they get results (as illustrated by Andras and his officers' half-hearted attempts to join the choreographed dances of the students). Despite another change in leadership at the end, the film does not offer an answer as to which is the more effective approach (although Andras says Jutka will make a very effective administrator, suggesting a preference for her approach and perspective if only behind the scenes).

Eric Cotenas


Theatrical Release: 6 February 1969 (Hungary)

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DVD Review: Second Run DVD - Region 0 - PAL

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Region 0 - PAL

Runtime 1:17:45 (4% PAL speedup)

2.46:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.4 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Hungarian/Hebrew/Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
Subtitles English (optional)
Features Release Information:
Studio: Second Run DVD

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.46:1

Edition Details:
• Liner Notes Booklet by Graham Petrie

DVD Release Date: January 28th,  2013

Chapters 12



Second Run's single-layer anamorphic disc derives its transfer from a 2011 digital restoration. Although the cover states a 2.35:1 aspect ratio, the Agascope frame measures 2.47:1 without seeming overmatted or stretched. The mono audio is in fine condition and the optional English subtitles translate both the dialogue and the song lyrics.

The only extra is a liner notes booklet with an essay by Graham Petrie. Only a third of the essay is dedicated to the main feature with the rest of it tying in Jancso's subsequent films with themes from THE CONFRONTATION and his earlier black and white films.

  - Eric Cotenas


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