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Werckmeister Harmonies

Werckmeister harmóniák

Hungary, Italy, 2000
Drama, Mystery


The land is prey to unrest, gangs wander the streets of the capital, a catastrophe of terrifying proportions is imminent. Valuskha, a sometime postal worker and visionary, advocates a dogged utopia.

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Werckmeister Harmonies Directed by Béla Tarr, Ágnes Hranitzky
Based on the novel The Melancholy of Resistance by Tarr collaborator László Krasznahorkai, who frequently employs very long sentences, sometimes even composing a book in one single sentence, Werckmeister Harmonies, comprised of just 39 shots within 145 minutes, is nothing short of a mysterious apocalypse.
December 21, 2016
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The film begins with a 10-minute shot of Janos in the local bar, illustrating the science of an eclipse for the local drunks – a clear indication of the film’s wider, cosmological reach. For a lesser filmmaker, such a reach might be too much, but Tarr handles it with ease.
July 21, 2016
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Spectators seeking clear resolution will be thoroughly frustrated; instead, viewers should allow themselves to fully confront the terrifying unresolvability of the film’s central theme: the immortal endlessness of the universe in relation to human finitude. Don’t miss this opportunity to see a film that exploits the big screen to an absolute extreme, and engage with one of the greatest minds in contemporary filmmaking.
September 14, 2007
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