Satantango

Satantango

DVD - 2006 | Hungarian
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The story revolves around an abandoned agricultural collective, where a handful of lost and lonely characters eke out a living until a charismatic con man arrives to shake things up.
Publisher: Chicago, IL :, Facets Video [distributor],, [2006]
Edition: Widescreen version.
ISBN: 9781565805613
1565805615
Branch Call Number: HUN DVD FEATURE SAT
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (approximately 420 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
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Punnoval
Jul 22, 2020

For many, the idea of watching a 7 hour film with minimal changes in camera placement is a daunting exercise. I first saw it in the late 90's in a theater in one go. Taking it more leisurely - say one third a viewing - was much more satisfying (and easier to do.)
This is Tarr's masterpiece - similar (but more satisfying) than his other collaborations with Laszlo Kraznahorkai (Damnation, Werkmeister Harmonies, Turin Horse.)
The style is a "miserable fecklessness" that plays on the premise "the best you can hope from life is to muddle through" - and they don't even come close.
If you live in a Strata (age-related) or a co-operative housing complex - you will recognize the characters - the ones who hope to survive and the others that prey on them.
There are many scenes of people walking down muddy roads in a mostly flat and barren setting. The most memorable one is following the predators down a forsaken village street with wind blowing garbage behind them.

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Maoisdead
Feb 24, 2020

This is one of the greatest expressions of existential crisis that exists on film and is one the most beautiful black and white films ever made. It's a masterpiece.

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RoyalJellyIII
Mar 22, 2017

This is one of the greatest expressions of existential crisis that exists on film and is one the most beautiful black and white films ever made. It's a masterpiece.

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G100
Feb 24, 2015

Bella Tarr has apparently found a way to make a movie without hiring an editor. There is a theory - I think Tarkovsky - that if you hold a shot beyond where people are bored or uncomfortable, they will become fascinated. Tarr has taken that to an extreme. He has tried to make a "Work of Art" by simply making a long movie. My guess is that a filmmaker with a normal film economy would have made it about 100 minutes. For Bresson, it would have been a 50-60 minute film.

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mattblais
Nov 13, 2011

beautiful and trance-like, tarr in uncompromising on his view of humanity and society.

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