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Werckmeister Harmonies


Lars Rudolph, Peter Fitz, Hanna Schygulla, Alfréd Járai View All


Ágnes Hranitzky (Director), Béla Tarr (Director), László Krasznahorkai (Writer) View All

Released: Oct. 1st, 2000
Runtime: 2 hours, 25 minutes
This story takes place in a small town on the Hungarian Plain. In a provincial town, which is surrounded with nothing else but frost. It is bitterly cold weather — without snow. Even in this bewildered cold hundreds of people are standing around the circus tent, which is put up in the main square, to see — as the outcome of their wait — the chief attraction, the stuffed carcass of a real whale. The people are coming from everywhere. From the...
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The film looks minimal and feels natural despite the ambiguity surrounding it, and its black and white photography combined with the film's mood and use of location help to give the work a sense of timelessness: it doesn't matter where, why, or when the film is taking place, it is a work which is universal in its themes, and which could be seen as a metaphor for life itself.