Werckmeister Harmonies (2000) dir. Béla Tarr

Werckmeister Harmonies (Werckmeister harmóniák): In a cold, snowless winter, a small Hungarian town is visited by a traveling circus with it’s main attraction – a humungous stuffed whale carcass. A philosophical treatise and excellent introduction to the poetic work of auteur Hungarian director Béla Tarr.
Splendid, masterwork Black & White cinematography. A story with slowly growing magnetism, told through 39 exquisitely directed long takes.
The story follows a resident of the town, János Valuska (Lars Rudolph) – a simple and curious young man. Analyzed as an allegory to the history of Hungary and much of Eastern Europe. Master class filmmaking, notable use of compositional elements, the power of screen direction, light and dark and positive and negative space.
Surreal and mysterious atmosphere. The film slowly draws the viewer in and bears an unmistakeable, thought-provoking presence.
Dark, unique, chaotic and unforgettable. A must-see recommendation for anyone with a deeper interest in cinema and visual language.

Werckmeister Harmonies Cast: Lars Rudolph, Peter Fitz, Hanna Schygulla, Djoko Rosic

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0249241/

Werckmeister Harmonies

Werckmeister Harmonies

Werckmeister Harmonies

Janos Valuska (Lars Rudolph)

Werckmeister Harmonies

Werckmeister Harmonies

 

  • Floyce Alexander

    Tarr’s adaptation to film of the second and longest of the three sections, “Negotiations,” of Laszlo Krasznahorkai’s 1989 novel THE MELANCHOLY OF RESISTANCE (translated by George Szirtes, 1998):