Sátántangó (Satan's Tango) (1994)
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This European epic is seven hours long. It is adapted from a novel by Laszlo Krasznahorkai and reflects the obsession of director Bela Tarr who began the film seven years ago. It took two full years to film this opus. The story is presented through a series of chapters of varying lengths with titles like "The News That They are Coming," "We, the Resurrected," "The Freeze," "Only Problems and Work." and finally "The Circle Is Completed." The enormously complex saga is centered in an abandoned
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Its seven-hour runtime warns off dabblers, the one-screening-a-day bulk defies profit motive, and its protagonists -- Tarr's "poor, ugly, sad, and damned people" -- deny expectations of pleasure. It is also, at times, funny as hell.
The marathon Satan's Tango is a magnum opus to end all magna opera, a dark, funny, apocalyptic allegory of the Hungarian psyche that stimulates, irritates, soothes and startles with blinding strokes of genius in equal turn.
Critics have rightfully hailed Tarr as one of filmdom's criminally undersung geniuses.
In Sátántangó, life is beautiful and grotesque by turns, and never less than mesmerizing.
This startling, apocalyptic work is sometimes over-extended, but it builds to a powerful, rhythmic climax of breakdown and withdrawal.
It may sound absurd to say that a seven-hour movie has hardly a wasted moment -- as famously insisted by Susan Sontag -- but Tarr's minimalism has maximum impact, especially when the film's satiric nature becomes more prominent in the final hour.
Attention-grabbing from the first moments and unwilling to relinquish its grip for any part of its hypertrophic running time.
Those with a strong will for art house extremes will strike gold here, while those demanding speed and snap may doze throughout the endeavor.
It is a good movie. It's a great movie, in fact, one of the greatest of all movies.
A fascinating seven-hour epic black comedy in entropy (ponderous musings on misery and despair) by the internationally acclaimed Hungarian director Béla Tarr.
It is an insidious yet ambiguous political nature that characterizes Sátántangó as a Hungarian film, in turn perpetuating its obscurity and qualifying its art.
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