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Screen/Society--"Werckmeister Harmonies" (Béla Tarr and Ágnes Hranitzky, 2000)

Friday, September 08, 2023
7:00 pm
New Restorations / Global Cinema

Film screening:

"Werckmeister Harmonies"
(Béla Tarr and Ágnes Hranitzky, 2000, 145 min, Hungary, Hungarian with English subtitles, DCP)

-- New 4k Restoration!

One of the major achievements of twenty-first-century cinema thus far, Béla Tarr's mesmeric parable of societal collapse is an enigma of transcendent visual, philosophical, and mystical resonance. "Werckmeister Harmonies" unfolds in an unknown era in an unnamed village, where, one day, a mysterious circus - complete with an enormous stuffed whale and a shadowy, demagogue-like figure known as the Prince - arrives and appears to awaken a kind of madness in the citizens, which builds inexorably toward violence and destruction.

"Béla Tarr's films remind us of the strange and beautiful potential of narrative cinema." - Jim Jarmusch

"A work of bravura filmmaking ... Magisterially bleak, voluptuously monochromatic, undeniably beautiful." - J. Hoberman, Village Voice

"Mysterious, poetic, and allusive, 'Werckmeister Harmonies' beckons filmgoers who complain of the vapidity of Hollywood movie making and yearn for a film to ponder and debate." - Lawrence Van Gelder, The New York Times

"Tarr's precise yet effortless command of the long take is so transcendent as to suggest the presence of God." - Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine

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