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Chicago Premiere A SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT OF A MODERN-DAY EPIC MASTERPIECE!
Shown in its entirety (7 hours 30 mins., with two fifteen-minute
"Devastating, enthralling for every minute of its seven hours. I'd be glad to see it
every year for the rest of my life." -Susan Sontag
"Sátántangó has cast its spell on cineastes as varied as the late Susan
Sontag and the rejuvenated Gus Van Sant. If you have a day to devote to it, the same
might happen to you." -Village Voice
Recommended! "Its 431-minute running time is necessary not because Tarr has so
much to say, but because he wants to say it right. The experience afforded is one to
cherish." -Chicago Reader
"The people of this generation know information-cut, information-cut, information-cut.
They can follow the logic of it, the logic of the story, but they don't follow the logic
of life." -Béla Tarr
Originally shown at the Facets Cinémathèque in 1996, and already legendary as
cinema and event, Béla Tarr's seven-and-a-half-hour opus melancholia has been
hailed as one of the most important films of the past two decades -- and as a definitive
statement on the end of communism, an interim report on the state of humanity, and a
prayer call for a society on the edge of collapse. The members of a rural farm
collective eke out their days through a series of failed hopes, unsuccessful
relationships, and all-too-successful drinking binges, often helplessly sharing screen
time (and importance) with the various dog packs, cows herds, and cats that wander
through the rain-drenched landscape. The film is divided into twelve chapters, and each
episode, its camerawork and score, mimics the hypnotic languor of a tango: a slow step
forward, a slow step back, then repeated, merging image and sound into a visual chant.
Elaborately choreographed, paced to its striking fugue-like soundtrack and photographed
in a series of astonishingly rich visual tableaux, Sátántangó
paradoxically discovers a strange riveting motion in its characters' stasis, and a
gorgeous beauty in its mud-drenched, toilet-of-the-world setting. "You can't read War
and Peace in one sitting," Tarr has claimed in defense of the film's length; indeed, his
mesmerizing recreation of an entire world, complete with all of this world's poetry,
despair, horror, and humor (even amid the mud and the ennui,
Sátántangó certainly boasts a gallows flair for the comedic) makes
it not so much a film as a place to visit, or stay.
Directed by Béla Tarr,
Hungary/Germany/Switzerland, 1994, 35mm, 450 mins. In Hungarian with English