The difficulty of “living in truth” under an oppressive political regime, a consistent theme in the writings of Václav Havel, is a useful starting point for a consideration of two Hungarian films, Angi Vera (1978) and Colonel Redl (1984). Angi Vera is set in Stalinist Hungary and Colonel Redl in the Austro-Hungarian Hapsburg Empire, but it does not require much of an imaginative stretch to see a parallel between the two regimes. Both demand conformity from their subjects.