1994. Hungary/Germany/Switzerland. Béla Tarr. 450 min.
Saturday, October 24, 2009, 11:00 a.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1994. Hungary/Germany/Switzerland. Directed by Béla Tarr. Screenplay by Tarr, László Krasznahorkai, based on Krasznahorkai’s novel. Cinema-tography by Gábor Medvigy. With Mihály Vig, Putyi Horváth, László Lugossy. Satantango, which had its first U.S. screening at the 1994 New York Film Festival, remains vibrant, challenging, and fearlessly inventive. According to Tarr, the film’s form was inspired by the tango, with its six steps forward, six steps back—an idea also reflected in the film’s overlapping time scheme. The masterful use of serpentine camera movements and stunning black-and-white cinematography heightens the impact of this exquisitely elaborate statement on the demise of Communism in Eastern Europe. Screened with two intermissions. In Hungarian; English subtitles. 450 min.