Friday, July 30, 2010

Bela Tarr's Satantango

What do you after a grueling week of graduate school? Begin watching a seven hour film, of course. Ever since I saw this still from "Satantango" I have wanted to see it. It came out recently on Facets DVD. So far, I would have to compare it to the works of Carl Dreyer - long takes, slow pacing - powerful images. I plan on taking my time with this, so there will be more commentary to come.

The eight minute take on the opening shot - of a herd of cattle, on a muddy, rainy farm crowded with decaying buildings, is well worth getting Disc 1 of 3, at least. We'll see about the rest.

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