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"i. khan" <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 22 May 1998 10:35:30 -0700
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hey there,
a little over a year ago i went and watched bela tarr's 7hr or so hungarian
film _satantango_ . i didn't quite know what to think when it was done,
since the symbolism seemed a little much. however bela was attending its
showing and talked about how there was no symbolism. he said
post-everything european cinema tends to be a little too obsessed with
religion and politics. this changed my view of the film immediately, coz i
no longer felt slapped in the head with heavy political and religious
meaning. instead it is a story of several people in a village who struggle
through life. the film is elliptical, in that some segments are shown again
from different perspectives several hours later in the film. if you haven't
seen it, you must. the cinematography is in the slow moving type of
tarkovsky, and the b&w scenery is heavy (it rains most of the film). it
sounds depressing, and kinda is. but its enlightening. (for the next two
days i saw the world as a long, slow pan- a meditative feeling, really).
what i was wondering is if anyone else has seen tarr's films- i want to see
more, but don't know if they are available on video through any
distributor. i live in an isolated community now near the yukon/alaska
border, and would appreciate any help in locating any good film on video
through mail.
my thanks for any help you post!
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