Werckmeister Harmonies (2001)
Critic Consensus: Mesmerizingly lovely and thematically thought-provoking, Werckmeister Harmonies adds another indelible achievement to Bela Tarr's fascinating filmography.
Werckmeister Harmonies Photos
as János Valuska
as György Eszter
as Tünde Eszter
as man in broad-cloth coat
as man in Western boots
as man in the sailor-cap
as Aunt Piri
as Mrs. Harrer
as Lajos Harrer
as Mr. Nabadán
as Mr. Volent
as Mr. Árgyelán
as chief constable
as Mr. Hagelmayer
as Mr. Mádai
as man in fur-cap
as man beside the man in the fur-cap
as The Prince
as voice of János Valuska
as Gyorgy Eszter (Voice)
as Tunde Eszter (Voice)
as The Prince (Voice)
Critic Reviews for Werckmeister Harmonies
As wearying as the film becomes in its long, bleak sequences, its uniquely cinematic and emotion-charged experience makes the effort worthwhile.
Six years after the 7-1/2-hour Satan's Tango, Magyar maverick Bela Tarr makes a stunning feature return with "Werckmeister Harmonies," another hypnotic meditation on popular demagogy and mental manipulation that's a snap at 145 minutes.
Bela Tarr's style seems to be an attempt to regard his characters with great intensity and respect, to observe them without jostling them, to follow unobtrusively as they move through their worlds, which look so ordinary and are so awesome, like ours.
A chilling, mesmerizing, intense account of ethnic cleansing (in spirit if not in letter) from Hungarian master Bela Tarr.
Over two hours and 20 minutes, not much actually happens, and Tarr creates a mood so lulling that even the rare scenes of dialogue can be hard to follow. But Werckmeister's standout moments are searing like few others in film history.
Audience Reviews for Werckmeister Harmonies
Bela Tárr reaches the point of technical perfection with this mesmerizing allegory of foreign occupation composed of 39 masterful long takes, a film that is thematically thought-provoking, more well structured than his previous works and has a wonderful score by Mihály Víg.
Fantastic begining, great ending & interesting thought-provoking concept, but overlong movie with overlong sequences
You Europeans can pretend to like this shit all you want but you are not fooling me, no sir.
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