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Werckmeister Harmonies - The Criterion Collection

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Genres: Drama, Mystery
Director: Béla Tarr
Plot Synopsis:

This mesmeric parable of societal collapse is an enigma of transcendent visual, philosophical, and mystical resonance. Adapted from a novel by László Krasznahorkai, Werckmeister Harmonies unfolds in an unknown time in an unnamed village, where, one day, a mysterious circus—complete with an enormous stuffed whale and a shadowy, demagogue-like figure known as the Prince—arrives and appears to awaken a kind of madness in the citizens that builds inexorably toward violence. In thirty-nine hypnotic long takes engraved in ghostly black and white, auteur Béla Tarr and codirector-editor Ágnes Hranitzky conjure an apocalyptic vision of dreamlike dread and fathomless beauty.

FILM INFO

  • Hungary
  • 2000
  • 145 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.66:1
  • Hungarian
  • Spine #1215

DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by director Béla Tarr, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Family Nest (1979), Tarr’s first feature film
  • New interview with Tarr by film critic Scott Foundas
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film programmer and critic Dennis Lim

    New cover by Polly Dedman
  • Release Details
    Release Date: April 16th, 2024
    Movie Release Year: 2000
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Criterion
  • Technical Specs
    Length:145 Minutes
    Specs:DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION
    New 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by director Béla Tarr
    PLUS: An essay by film programmer and critic Dennis Lim
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p/AVC MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.66:1
    Audio Formats:Hungarian uncompressed monaural soundtrack
    Subtitles/Captions:New English subtitle translation
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