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In a small dilapidated village in 1980s Hungary, life has come to a virtual standstill. The autumn rains have started. The villagers expect to receive a large cash payment that evening, and then plan to leave. Some want to abscond earlier with more than their fair share of the money. However they hear that the smooth talking Irimias, whom they thought had died, is coming back. They are apprehensive that he will take all their money in one of his grandiose schemes to keep the community going.
A REVIEW FOR MY #1 FAVORITE FEATURE FILM OF MY ENTIRE EXISTENCE, AND MAYBE FOREVER WITH A 99.5% PROBABILITY.
Don't read it as a review, but as a magazine article. This is the longest thing I have ever written about one single film, but it is also the only review that made me cry out of sentiment while constructing it.
Before starting to construct a modest, fully developed essay about Béla Tarr's Sátántangó, let's make a nostalgic resume about some of the most wonderful experiences cinema has offered throughout its history. German Expressionism represented the pinnacle of Berlin's technical vision and resulted in the most visually captivating and thought-provoking classic masterpiece up to a hair-rising degree. After the Second World…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
An absolute masterpiece from Bèla Tarr, who really does prove he's one of the greatest directors of all time. Seven long hours pass beautifully, each of the 157 shots in the film precisely framed and captured to perfection. If I were to highlight only one sequence in this absolute fucking classic of all cinema, it would be the final 30 minutes, which are among the creepiest I've ever seen in a movie and leave a lasting impression that provokes nightmares and chills. Those thirty minutes alone make it one of the best films I have ever seen.
'What can you make in a small village?'
'You can make a masterpiece'
A 7 hour and 30 minutes of pure experience, which can make you feel that Cinema is life and it's worth living for.
Bela Tarr has made a art which is beyond imagination, it is like entering into his world and experiencing it frame by frame. Werckmeister Harmonies which I had a first hand experiencing to a world I have never entered before, and now this. I literally don't have words to describe it.
The camera, the feeling, the village, the people, the life and the experience within it. Bela Tarr has given us a gift. One of the story in this movie is of A Girl…
Lovefilm sent me the first Sátántangó disc yesterday and the second today.
So far my questions are:-
1) Why didn't anyone warn me about this?
2) Why didn't I check its length?
3) Why didn't I notice its director?
4) Why am I such an idiot?
5) Should I put the last disc on to low priority, or just get them to send it as soon as possible to get the pain over and done with?
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I'd heard whispered talk of Béla Tarr amongst hardcore cinephile circles and got my first taste with Werckmeister Harmonies which I found to truly be a masterpiece. Known for his long, uninterrupted takes and grimy black and white visuals I finally procured a copy of his alleged magnum opus Sátántangó a 7 1/2 hour cinematic juggernaut. It's a transfixing experience, surely challenging, often fascinating, never quite rapturous (for me anyhow), and even droll. You may find yourself alternating differing feelings. At first I was engrossed in the beauty of the black and white visuals, the long takes allowed me to luxuriate in the images and really look around the frame at my leisure taking in details, at other points I…
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An historic, packed screening. Wonderful to see it on the big screen. Great intro by George Szirtes
More penetrable than I had remembered, and certainly funnier. There's innuendo, parody, gallows and absurdist humour here, woven into the environment as much as the oppression, starvation and cruelty which is all anyone ever talks about when Sátántangó is mentioned, as if these are the only worthwhile conditions of a seven-hour art film, and somehow the fact that this is twice as long and just as funny as It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is something to be swept under the proverbial carpet.
I still don't consider Sátántangó a masterpiece, and I'm one of those heathens who thinks the last thing it needs to be is seven hours long, but some of the greatest images and scenes in film…
In an actual cinema!
You could probably use every single adjective to describe Satantango and most of them would probably fit. Here's one for every letter of the alphabet, just to see how it can be done:
Austere. Boring. Cold. Delightful. Entropic. Frustrating. Gorgeous. Hilarious. Intimate. Judicious. Kinetic. Long. Melancholic. Nebulous. Obtuse. Pretentious. Quiet. Rainy. Slow. Triumphant. Unique. Vapourous. Wistful. Xenophobic. Yawning. Zoetic.
Or, really, any adjective but short! Favourite segments were the first, third, eleventh and twelfth, but all had their good moments.
THIS IS AN OLD REVIEW FROM AGES AGO, although this one is actually one of the favourite I wrote.
I had put off watching Bela Tarr's Satantango for a long time, unsurprisingly due to its hefty running time, but I finally got the courage to sit through it (in two sittings) yesterday. I expected to be bored to death, and walk away feeling relieved at reaching the ending yet with appreciation of the film also. I was wrong. Not only did I appreciate the film's style, I also thoroughly enjoyed it. Seemingly next to nothing happens in term of plot, yet somehow, the fact that many stories in the film were 'pointless' seemed to make it better. This film is…
A truly harrowing yet astonishing film about the final days of a farming community as they deal with two men who are presumed dead in the fall of Communist Hungary as it's a very challenging yet intoxicating film from Bela Tarr.
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