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In a small Hungarian town lives Karrer, a listless and brooding man who has almost completely withdrawn from the world, but for an obsession with a singer in the bar he frequents. The first film in which Hungarian auteur Béla Tarr s fully realised his mesmerising and apocalyptic world view is an immaculately photographed and composed study of eternal conflict: the centuries-old struggle between barbarism and civilization. Special Features: Interview with Béla Tarr
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Tarr is clearly influenced by Tarkovsky in that he feels no need to use pace in order to fill a movie with drama. All of the action comes about thorough allusions to feelings of loneliness, loss and confusion. However his visual style also has many allusions to the great European stylists of the 30's who moved to Hollywood and formed the backbone to the Film Noir movement. One scene in particular starts outside a run down club with rain pouring as fog rebounds from the tarmac, a man stands alone in the shadows, and the only light is provided by the eerie neon sign.
This film is the work of an absolute genius who makes no concessions with regards to his vision. As with all Tarr's major works the score is provided by Mihaly Vig who once again manages to hit the nail on the head with a woozy, Eastern European jazz inflected soundtrack. To get an understanding of the films themes I will finish with the English translations of a song that the singer in the bar, who Karrer is obsessed with, sings during the monumental "Titanik Bar" scene:
It's all over.
And there won't be another.
It won't be good.
Maybe Never More".
With a bar full of chatter-less men, accompanied by the odd clack from a pool table ball, a lone accordion laments. I so pictured Greta Garbo, or Marlene Dietrich half drawling, half wailing into the microphone, in another scene at the seedy Titanik Club. Known in the credits only as 'the singer', our subject is the forlorn Vali Kerekes, usually looking straggled by the rain, or just life itself, as she aimlessly - and toxically, a predatory abuser of all the men she has contact with, floats in and out of her life.
True, Tarr's unrelenting melancholic, drifting camera, wafting like the blankets of fog, black and white images that evoke an earnest socio documented photo assignment from times past, won't ever be considered essential viewing at The Samaritans. However, there is a certain dreary prose to it all, that perhaps, this is what love and life is really like - and about.
Sliding into an image, cinematographer Gabor Medivgy, meticulously composes every frame, even the most mundane. Sound is a key part to Tarr's work; a scene will almost be static, seemingly for many minutes (but actually seconds), such as the lovers embraced, naked, to the monotonous mechanical sound of the rail depot, the camera then swings so slowly round the room, to an image in the mirror of the couple now silently making love, then sweeping at the same speed to an old piano. This is simply masterful - a masterclass for all those interested in the art of film-making.
I could go on, but will say that Damnation shouldn't be anyone's introduction to World, or indeed, Hungarian cinema.Read more ›
Distinctly and subtly directed by modernist filmmaker Béla Tarr, this visually remarkable fictional tale, draws an acute portrayal of a disillusioned man`s personal crusade for love in an uncivilized rural society. While notable for its distinct milieu depictions, the prominent art direction by Hungarian-born actor, costume designer and production designer Gyula Pauer, black-and-white cinematography by Hungarian cinematographer Gábor Medvigy, the fine editing by Ágnes Hranitzky and the way Béla Tarr creates continuity within a quietly paced story where the dialog is sparse, this character-driven neo-noir depicts a condensed and internal study of character and contains a cogent score by Béla Tarr`s frequent collaborator, Hungarian composer Mihály Vig.Read more ›
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Damnation was Tarr’s 1st film which was stamped with the style by which he became famous, ultra-realism,slow movement of the camera, close-ups on objects, bricks or buildings or... Read morePublished 10 days ago by technoguy
I think this may be the finest film I have ever seen overall, yet Fellini's 8 1/2 competes for this title. Read morePublished 3 months ago by LeBrit
An interesting film from Hungary with wonderful black and white photography focusing on a small Hungarian town and the relationships therein. Read morePublished 12 months ago by dizzy dave
This is best of all his movies, of course, after Satantango. Simple story about human desire, desparation and advance determinated destiny of pure Balcan's loosers. Read morePublished on 13 Feb. 2012 by Gabura