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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Meeting Venus

BB.5 (out of 5) A Hungarian music conductor (Niels Arestrup) finally achieves his dream of being hired to conduct a bold new production of Wagner’s Tannhauser. Under the new “Unified Europe”, Arestrup manages to put together an international assortment of talents (and egos), starting right at the top with a world-class soprano (Glenn Close, singing…

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