Werckmeister Harmonies (2000)

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Avg Rating: 4.4 / 5. Voted: 23

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AKA: Werckmeister Harmóniák
Directed by: Béla Tarr, Ágnes Hranitzky
Starring: Lars Rudolph (Valuska), Peter Fitz (Eszter), Hanna Schygulla (Tünde Eszter)
Country: Hungary, European Cinema
Language: Hungarian (English subs)
Runtime: 02:19:25
Genres: Surreal

Plot – Spoilers:
A young man Valuska lives among older folk in a small Hungarian town and does odd jobs while also being helpful to the elderly people that need it. One of them, Eszter is of the firm belief that Werckmeister’s theoretical principles are flawed and the harmonies in music, imperfect. Valuska has a thirst for knowledge and education and is respected by the local drunkards for the things he’s gleaned from hanging around intellectuals in town.

The town itself is abuzz with news of a circus rolling in and the mysteries it offers. While Valuska is simply wonderstruck by the arrival of a massive stuffed whale, the men in town are more interested in a deformed man known as ‘The Prince’, with revolutionary ideas that promise a vent for their frustrations.

Werckmeister Harmonies is a surreal experience in black and white with stunning night-time lighting and mesmerizing long shots and music if you’re willing to allow yourself the patience for it.

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Elliot Spencer
Elliot Spencer
July 7, 2020 5:49 pm

Many thanks admins! I was randomly searching for this film online and was surprised to see your excellent had it:) I musta missed it before, as I had been wanting to see it for quite a while now, bc I absolutely loved the Turin Horse, by this director as well. A masterwork of film. Many ppl view films w the sole intent of killing time, or wanting to feel something from said genre, without really realizing there r films out there which can b so much more, that are true art in the purest sense, much like the artists painting.… Read more »

Dan
Dan
Reply to  Elliot Spencer
November 17, 2020 1:42 am

Bravo!! You’re right this movie is a masterpiece. I don’t even care that it has no place being on this site.

Elliot Spencer
Elliot Spencer
Reply to  Dan
November 26, 2020 4:43 am

I’m just thankful it is here tho;) It’s truly a crime against film that this isn’t available, at all, on Blu-ray yet:/ I’ll be waiting patiently for it tho. Kinda goes to show u how far Criterion has their heads up their asses nowadays, regrettably. Tarrs epic, Sátántangó, is getting a Blu-ray release this January tho, so hopefully it’s just a matter of time b4 his other films do as well…

Mary Valletta
Mary Valletta
September 7, 2020 3:51 am

Great films and wonderful service you are providing, but is it necessary to keep your website address on the screen at all times? It really detracts from the viewing experience. I assure you, no one will forget your website if you take it off. If you continue to provide such a high caliber of films, obscure and otherwise, you will become one of my favorite websites and I will never forget you…but only if you remove that damned supertitle. Thanks for listening.

fred fat
fred fat
February 18, 2021 9:29 pm

too many people here think that they need to write film study essays
im all for talking cinematography, editing, sound etc but if you start talking deep meanings u r up your own arse

Dmt_Perception
Dmt_Perception
Reply to  fred fat
May 31, 2021 5:56 pm

So you’re a thick cunt. Noted…

fred fat
fred fat
Reply to  Dmt_Perception
June 5, 2021 3:04 pm

and u r up your own arse

Mickey
Mickey
Reply to  Dmt_Perception
October 4, 2021 1:08 pm

LOOOOOOL!!!

Dee
Dee
June 27, 2021 12:14 am

I watched this when it was first posted, and just re-watched it now. Not sure why, but I want to say that this is the greatest film ever made. I cannot really explain WHY i feel that way. Some of the scenes in the second half fall flat. But taken as a whole, this film resonates to my core in a way that no other film ever has

Old Mother Hubbard
Old Mother Hubbard
November 14, 2021 3:53 pm

Absolute masterpiece! It is a stunning and engrossing film. I watched it 3 times in a row and never felt bored at all for even a second. It is that poignant and endearing. Tomorrow I plan to watch this film at least 3 times. If you feel like taking a nap never watch this film. You will feel super energetic after watching this.

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