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Agnus Dei


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807.43 MB
Hungarian 2.0
24 fps
1 hr 27 min
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1.46 GB
Hungarian 2.0
24 fps
1 hr 27 min
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Reviewed by MogwaiMovieReviews4 / 10

The Lamb of God

A seemingly completely forgotten film from Hungary's days of Communist occupation, I could find no reviews anywhere online for it so thought I would give it a look and be the first.

Agnus Dei (The Lamb of God) is, right from its opening images, a visually striking work, if a little boring, with the kind of roaming, dreamlike cinematography that you would never find in any western movie from the same time, but could be encountered several places over the border of the Iron Curtain, in Soviet films such as those of Tarkovsky. The precison of the choreography needed for such long, floating takes is astonishingly impressive, but the work itself is still little more than a rather serious and glum wartime movie, which feels like it is covering similar ground to many other post-war European films of that time.

The main story, as such, is of a fanatical priest marching with the Fascists against the Communists in 1919: I know next to nothing about that culture and period of time so I found it hard to follow exactly what was going on and who, if anyone, I was supposed to be rooting for the first 20 minutes or so, but even after figuring out the uniforms it didn't help make me care. The anti-Christian propaganda is too heavy-handed to be at all believable, with all the kindly Communist officers presented as wholesome and blameless as Santa Claus, so it's hard to find or connect with anything beneath its surface.

A review I saw of another of Miklós Jancsó's films said "it is difficult to pinpoint the reasons for the incredible monotony of so much vigorous activity, but surely one reason is that nothing happens in (this film) except for the benefit of the camera", and that pretty much puts its finger on the problem: although many dramatic moments occur, there is no real emotion accompanying any of them; we don't care about any character in the film, and get the impression that every event is taking place entirely for the visual possibilities. I'm curious as to what that says about what happens to the soul and creativity of artists under Communism, how when the safe possibility of saying anything challenging, original or profound is brutally removed, the artist's creativity moves into the more safely abstract areas of surface visual innovation instead, which is something I've noticed in many other Soviet-era pictures I've seen.

In conclusion, all I can really say is that it's always interesting to look at, and made with great care, but terribly dull, tediously crass on the surface and pretty much entirely empty inside.

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