Almanac of Fall (Öszi almanach) (1984)

BELA TARR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  Hungary, 1984.  Screenplay by Béla Tarr.  Cinematography by Buda Gulyás, Sándor Kardos, Ferenc Pap.  Music by Mihály Vig.  Production Design by Ágnes Hranitzky, Gyula Pauer.  Costume Design by Gyula Pauer.  Film Editing by Ágnes Hranitzky.   Bela Tarr takes us inside a magnificent but crumbling apartment and examines the intimate lives of the characters who…

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Damnation (Karhozat)

BBB (out of 5) Visionary filmmaker Bela Tarr applies his languid, seemingly formless style to a story of frustrated love.  Amid its beautifully shot monochrome ruminations is the tale of a fraught love affair between a man and a woman, his anger at not being happy in love periodically interrupted by a wise, angel-on-earth type who…

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The Turin Horse (A Torinoi Lo)

BBBB (out of 5) A film of dreamlike quality, rich with wondrous images that resonate long after its conclusion. The known anecdote with which it begins is that of Nietzsche embracing a horse he sees being beaten on the street, which we learn was followed by the great thinker going home and succumbing to his…

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