Saturday, November 7, 2009

werckmeister harmonies

It is easy to forget how formulaic movies have become until we see the hand of genius sweep away - in broad and simple strokes - our preconceptions of film-making. There were only 39 shots in Werckmeister Harmonies, quite a small number for a 2.5 hour film. It would be difficult to forget a single, drawn out one.

Director Bela Tarr has succeeded in taking my perception of the world, shifting it on it's axis a degree or so, and returning it a bit richer.

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