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Bela Tarr



Born in 1955, Hungarian filmmaker Bela Tarr began making amateur films at the age of 16, later working as caretaker at a national House for Culture and Recreation. His amateur work brought him to the attention of the Bela Balazs Studios (named in honor of the Hungarian cinema theorist), which helped fund Tarr's 1979 feature debut Family Nest, a work of socialist realism clearly influenced by the work of John Cassavettes. The 1981 piece The Outsider and the following year's The Prefab People continued in much the same vein, but with a 1982 television adaptation of Macbeth, his work began to change dramatically; comprised of only two shots, the first shot (before the main title) was five minutes long, with the second 67 minutes in length. Not only did Tarr's visual sensibility move from raw close-ups to more abstract mediums and long shots, but also his philosophical sensibility shifted from grim realism to a more metaphysical outlook similar to that of Andrei Tarkovsky. After 1984's Almanac of Fall, Tarr (who had written his first four features alone) began collaborating with Hungarian novelist Laszlo Krasznahorkai for 1987's Damnation. A planned adaptation of Krasznahorkai's epic novel Satantango took over seven years to realize. The film, a 415-minute masterpiece, finally appeared to international acclaim in 1994.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
88% The Turin Horse
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2012
No Score Yet Final cut - Hölgyeim és uraim
  • Producer
2012
70% A Londoni Férfi (The Man From London)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2007
63% Johanna
  • Producer
2006
97% Werckmeister Harmonies
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2001
No Score Yet Szenvedély (Passion)
  • Screenwriter
1997
No Score Yet Utazás az alföldön (Journey on the Plain)
  • Director
1995
100% Sátántangó (Satan's Tango)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1994
No Score Yet The Last Boat
  • Director
1990
92% Kárhozat, (Damnation)
  • Director
1988
100% Öszi almanach (Almanac of Fall)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1984
100% Panelkapcsolat (The Prefab People)
  • Director
1982
No Score Yet The Outsider (Szabadgyalog)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1981
80% Családi tüzfészek (Family Nest)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1979

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