Werckmeister Harmonies
Werckmeister Harmonies (2001)

Bela Tarr follows up on his seven-hour epic Satantango, considered by some critics as one of the finest films of the 1990s, with this elegant, haunting work about the cycles of violence that have dogged Eastern European history. Jancos… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 2001
DVD Release Date: February 28, 2006
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Mesmerizingly lovely and thematically thought-provoking, Werckmeister Harmonies adds another indelible achievement to Bela Tarr's fascinating filmography.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

As wearying as the film becomes in its long, bleak sequences, its uniquely cinematic and emotion-charged experience makes the effort worthwhile.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A chilling, mesmerizing, intense account of ethnic cleansing (in spirit if not in letter) from Hungarian master Bela Tarr.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

Densely symbolic, yet never inaccessible, this is artistically unique and overwhelmingly powerful.

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Derek Elley

Six years after the 7-1/2-hour Satan's Tango, Magyar maverick Bela Tarr makes a stunning feature return with "Werckmeister Harmonies," another hypnotic meditation on popular demagogy and mental manipulation that's a snap at 145 minutes.

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Noel Murray
AV Club

Over two hours and 20 minutes, not much actually happens, and Tarr creates a mood so lulling that even the rare scenes of dialogue can be hard to follow. But Werckmeister's standout moments are searing like few others in film history.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

This is as challenging as movies come, alluding to everything from philosopher Thomas Hobbes to the history of Western music. But compared with Tarr's legendary Sátantángo... it's almost a quickie.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Bela Tarr's style seems to be an attempt to regard his characters with great intensity and respect, to observe them without jostling them, to follow unobtrusively as they move through their worlds, which look so ordinary and are so awesome, like ours.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Weird, wonderful, witty and unsettling.

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Total Film

Whatever your response, there's no doubting the technical brilliance of one extended sequence, as a mob rampages through a hospital before being halted by an unexpected vision. Astonishing.

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Arash Xak
Fantastic begining, great ending & interesting thought-provoking concept, but overlong movie with overlong sequences
Eric Broome
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Drew Smith
You Europeans can pretend to like this shit all you want but you are not fooling me, no sir.
Walter M.
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