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370 Ratings

Almanac of Fall

Öszi almanach

Directed by Béla Tarr
Hungary, 1984


Possibly inspired by the existential play No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre, this story about five people living in close quarters in a small apartment conveys the same angst as Sartre’s well-known story about the nature of hell.

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Almanac of Fall Directed by Béla Tarr

Critics reviews

Filmed in striking, expressionistic colour, the film is almost Bergmanesque in its interior intensity. It constitutes Tarr’s first great film, therefore making it a good next step for those wanting to explore Tarr’s earlier work.
July 21, 2016
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One of the most beautiful aspects of Tarr’s mise en scène is a recurring lighting scheme: most areas in a given shot are divided between blue gray and orange red, isolating the characters from one another in the process. There doesn’t appear to be anything systematic or programmatic about the color coding of various characters and spaces; it differs from scene to scene… and its use is much too varied and expressive to register as a simple manneristic device.
May 25, 1990
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