Silence and Cry

Synopsis: Miklós Jancsó's Silence and Cry is set during a turbulent era of disquiet, fear, persecution and terror, which permeates every corner of post-WWI Hungarian society. In 1919, after just a few months of communist rule the Hungarian Republic of Councils falls victim to a nationalist counter-revolution. Admiral Horthy, leader of the nationalist far right movement, becomes the self-proclaimed regent of Hungary, and assumes power as the legal Head of State. Soldiers of the short-lived Hungarian Red Army are now on the run from relentless secret policemen and patrol units of the nationalist Royal Gendarme. If caught, ex-Red Army soldiers are executed without mercy or proper trial. István Cserzi, a former soldier of the Red Army has fled to the Great Hungarian Plains and has taken refuge on a farm, which is run by two sympathetic women. Due to the generosity of these women and a former childhood pal, who is now a commandant of the local Royal Gendarme outfit, István is safely hidden from the e
Genre: Drama
73 min

Get indoors!

Someone's coming!

What are you shouting about?

-I didn't shout, sir.

- Yes, you did! I heard you!

Come with me.

Pick up a log!

Now hold it up... Over your head!

Rabbit jumps!

Or would you rather sing?

I'd rather sing, if I may.

Raise your arms!

Sing "The Tender Violet Lay Crushed"

"The tender violet lay crushed.

Forgiveness is the fragrance that the

violet sheds on the heel

that crushes it...

Tell your wife I've taken these clothes.

I'll pay you later.

Take him home!

I don't need this.

I've kept out of trouble

and I intend to stay out of it!

Listen to me, young man!

Think before you go around spitting!

You wander about as the fancy takes you.

You roam around shouting,

but we live here!

We've always been here.

That's why you should think

before you go around spitting!

Lie down in the cart.

Stop there! Get off!

Stand with the others!

You too, stand with the others.

Stand over there.

Come over here!

Don't drive away!

Turn around!

Get off!

Knysi, ask who's been put under

police supervision.

Those of you under supervision

put your hands up!

Tell them to form a group.

Is this your cart?

Stay there!

These men?

Shall I go with them?

Get back to your cart.

So you came back?

What have you done with him?

Had a fight?

What's the matter?

Go and take him home.

Hide under the hay.

All right... Jump on, then...

Get off!

Take the coat!


Stop it!

Leave the coat.

I want you to take her indoors.

Anyone there?

No one?

Is there anyone here?

I suppose you've got a lover here!

You can't do without them!

Shall we guess which one it is?

Pista Szab, Feri Hork...

You can go.

Call him out!

Kiss me!


Go in!

Tell him to go back in!

Lay the table!

It's ready.

Shouldn't you be standing out in the yard?

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Gyula Hernádi

Gyula Hernádi (23 August 1926 – 20 July 2005) was a Hungarian writer and screenwriter. He wrote for 36 films between 1965 and 2005, mostly for director Miklós Jancsó. He also wrote many novels, mostly surrealistic science fiction or horror stories with unique twists. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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