Werckmeister Harmonies [DVD]
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Hungarian director Bela Tarr follows his mammoth seven-hour 'Satantango' with this critically acclaimed story about a small Eastern European town on the brink of disaster. When a showman brings a huge whale to the town, along with a sinister side attraction known as the Prince, Lajos (Lars Rudolph) is fascinated by the creature and sees it as proof of a great cosmic design. However, the whale also proves to be a magnet for unrest, and the mob that gathers outside soon edges towards violence.
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The population of a desolate provincial town on the Hungarian plain await the arrival of a circus that features the stuffed carcass of a whale and a mysterious Prince. Its appearance disturbs the order of the populace, unleashing a torrent of violence and beauty. The Hungarian auteur Bela Tarr at last gained international recognition as one of the most distinctive and visionary of contemporary filmmakers with this quite extraordinary adaptation of László Krazsnahorkai s novel The Melancholy of Resistance . Featuring an outstanding cast, including Fassbinder veteran Hanna Schygulla, and a hauntingly beautiful score composed by Mihály Víg, The Werckmeister Harmonies is a hypnotic, challenging and utterly compelling masterpiece. Special features: Béla Tarr interview
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Bela Tarr is the king of the long take yet this film is so much more than just a slow moving, black and white European arthouse picture. Based on the book "The Melancholy of Resistance" by László Krasznahorkai, Werkmeister Harmonies is a powerful meditation on loneliness, evil, political power, control, and the potential insanity of crowds. It's effect is in many ways elemental...it is hard to be specific about what Tarr is trying to explore but you will come away confused and exhilarated.
This is film making of the highest intellectual standard. In addition to the incredible shot making and photography the score provided by Mihaly Vig adds emotional weight to the images on screen. This is without doubt one of the most significant pieces of cinema produced in the last 25 years.
Bela Tarr's Werckmeister Harmonies seems to me to be a great combination of allegory about human beliefs, pessimism about human behavior and extraordinary movie making. The image of all these village drunks slowly shuffling and turning around one of their own, the sun, is pure cinema, original, striking and memorable.
Late that night, when Janos is delivering mail, he sees a huge truck slowly driving past a row of buildings leading to the town square.Read more ›
The film’s subject is shot like cinema verite, yet we get the material reality conjoined with a charged symbolic presence, so things are both themselves, but also have an essence that transcends their existence. We get a story but also a place as the narrative and people’s faces. Tarr said film is a very concrete thing,it only records what is there, there are no allegories in his films. Also literary language (as in the novel) is different to film language and has to be translated into film language through dialogue,images, and situations. The description of the novel requires in film the assistance of music, the editing, the cinematography(hand-held cameras),the actors’ personalities, the crowd scenes, the location. Werckmeister Harmonies works like a visual poem.
Tarr is the king of slow-moving takes and this brings out the ontological nature of the film. A post office worker describes that anarchy has been loosed,killings,lootings, murder, mountains of waste refuse. The centre cannot hold.Read more ›
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You have to get used to Bela Tarr's cinematic language in order to enjoy this film. Its pace is extremely slow but mesmerizing. Read morePublished 6 months ago by ipjackie
Beautifully slow film that makes viewer to think. Recommended to all cinema enthusiasts.Published 9 months ago by Ilkka Leva
Truly excellent film by Bela Tarr. One of the best films ever made in my opinion and only eclipsed by Tarr's 'Damnation,' though I haven't found seven hours to watch Tarr's... Read morePublished 18 months ago by LeBrit
One of the great works of cinema. Each shot is a stylistic tour de force. Bela Tarr is a visionary and the greatest living director. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Joe Ashmore
This is surely a masterpiece, taking Laszlo Krasznahorkai's fine and elusive novel (The Melancholy of Resistance) and transcribing it brilliantly for the screen. Read morePublished 21 months ago by N. E. M. Goulder
"Werckmeister Harmonies" is a mesmerizing film, directed by the Hungarian Bela Tarr. It is set in a small Hungarian town and the film is shot in monochrome and features the... Read morePublished 21 months ago by L. Davidson
Sounded intriguing, maybe good for an intellectual, but overall I found it incredibly boring and dull. Bella Tarr is very quirky thoughPublished on 28 Jan. 2013 by LMas
Wonderful film;excellent DVD; and cheap, oh yes!!!!! cheap cheap chaep cheap cheap cheap cheap cheap cheap cheap cheap cheap....... thanks, I can submit nowPublished on 25 Jan. 2013 by paco
I watched this movie a couple of months ago(download from bitorrent), its just a materpiece so i had to buy it.Published on 24 Dec. 2011 by votprkv
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