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Werckmeister Harmonies - The Criterion Collection

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

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.


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


  • 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

Movie Release Year: 2000
Tech Specs & Release Details

Length: 145
Specs: 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