3 FILMS BY BELA TARR THAT WILL REWARD YOUR PATIENCE
One can savor the greatest artworks if by incorporating one key element patience it pays off in most cases!
To most general audiences the term slow cinema might be an alien concept, but to seasoned cinephiles, this term is very well known. Once a person comes across works from different nations, genres, and styles they begin to discover each form of the medium in its true and complete essence and they get to derive the very essence of the medium with each film they watch. This is precisely when one comes across terms and styles such as slow cinema, it is a type of work that takes time to establish a word; its pace is generally much slower than usual commercial films. Slow films are also mostly heavy on mise-en-scene and the most accomplished artists associated with this medium use image and sound to open up the full range of the potential of the medium. Bela Tarr is a master among them. Bela Tarr hails from Hungary and is a visionary of the cinematic medium, he has been working for the better part of three decades and it is astounding that he hasn’t had many films in this time. Each of his works is exemplary for their use of cameras, and the way he portrays the human condition. Tarr elevates narrative cinema to another level, his works are usually longer in runtime than the average film, but if you watch it will reward and enrich your viewing experience. This list contains works of Bella Tarr from early in his career to his most recent masterpieces, all of his works have traveled to the most important and prestigious international film festivals around the world and one who plans to get into this art form must experience his work.
The Turin Horse
Bella Tarr’s most recent work is not unlike his previous ones it evokes a lot of deep emotions in the viewer and by the end the runtime starts to affect the viewer almost directly, its long runtime establishes the narrative and the Claustrophobia within the world of characters.
One of Bela Tarr’s early works is filled with his quintessential trademark long-drawn shots that move from one place to another and beautiful black-and-white cinematography that is extremely captivating to watch. Karhozat is important to watch as from it one can track the progression of his work.
Perhaps one the longest yet best works in cinema with an eight-hour runtime, Satantango is unique. It tells the story of time itself and sitting through an eight-hour film might sound very daunting but it is surely worth it. This is also widely considered Bela Tarr’s best work.