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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. Adapted from a novel by the celebrated writer and frequent Tarr collaborator László Krasznahorkai, 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. In thirty-nine of his signature long takes, engraved in ghostly black and white, Tarr conjures an apocalyptic vision of dreamlike dread and fathomless beauty.
Part of the Three in the Key of Tarr series.
A film by Béla Tarr and Ágnes Hranitzky. With Lars Rudolph, Peter Fitz, Hanna Schygulla, János Derzsi, Đoko Rosić, Tamás Wichmann, Péter Dobai, Ferenc Kállai & Mihály. B&W. 1.66:1. DCP.. 145 mins.