Werckmeister Harmonies [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Béla Tarr (born July 21, 1955) is an acclaimed Hungarian film director. Much of his work is marked by philosophical elements and a pessimistic view of humanity. His films utilize unconventional storytelling methods, such as long takes and/or non-professional actors to achieve realism. Debuting with his film Family Nest in 1979, Tarr underwent a period of what he refers to as "social cinema", aimed at telling mundane stories about ordinary people, often in the style of cinema vérité. Over the next decade, the cinematography of Tarr's films gradually changed; Damnation (1988) was shot with languid camera movement aimed at establishing ambience. It marked Tarr's earliest experimentation with philosophical themes, focused mostly on bleak and desolate representations of reality. Sátántangó (1994) and Werckmeister Harmonies (2000) continued this approach; both are considered by some critics to be among the greatest films ever made. Tarr would later compete in the 2007 Cannes Film Festival with his film The Man From London.
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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 ›
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Superb film. The filming was very good, moving the camera to show light and dark.Published 4 months ago by A Harris
Bela Tarr is known for his use of non professional actors, often real people who work in real life in other jobs. He’ll often use the same actors in different films. Read morePublished 7 months ago by technoguy
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 13 months ago by ipjackie
Beautifully slow film that makes viewer to think. Recommended to all cinema enthusiasts.Published 16 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 on 13 Aug. 2014 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 on 26 May 2014 by Joe Ashmore
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
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