Kárhozat, (Damnation)
Kárhozat, (Damnation) (1988)

Hungarian filmmaker Bela Tarr began his career making social realist domestic dramas, similar to the work of John Cassavettes. The feature before Damnation, Almanac of Fall, showed Tarr moving toward a more visually stylized form of… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 16, 1988
DVD Release Date: April 25, 2006
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

It's a serotonin-depleted ordeal, and yet seemingly a sketchbook of vibes and ideas to come, with some of the most magnificent black-and-white images shot anywhere in the world.

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A more awesomely bleak portrait of town life is hard to conceive.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Gloom was never photographed so smartly.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

If its grey aura of despair sometimes hangs a mite heavily, it's certainly worth persevering with for a pay-off that is as perverse as it is powerful.

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Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Beginning with a long, slow tracking shot of a coal transport gondola being viewed by a man from his window, we immediately note a director in complete control. The scene is meticulously composed...

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Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine

In terms of creating a strong cinematic world, Tarr has few equals.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The near miracle is that something so compulsively watchable can be made out of a setting and society that seem so depressive and petrified.

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Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

nobody subjects humanity to doom-laden fatalism quite like Tarr, and Damnation is unmissable for fans of the auteur's oeuvre, or of mud-spattered miserabilism in general.

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Jason Wood

Intellectually provocative and ultimately profoundly affecting.

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If Tarkovsky had made Wings of Desire, I guess it would look a lot like this, a bleak, formally rigorous film in which every single gorgeous shot is… More
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