The Last Modernist: The Complete Works of Béla Tarr Feb 03 – Feb 08

The Last Modernist: The Complete Works of Béla Tarr
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  • $13 General Public
  • $9 Students & Seniors
  • $8 Members
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Four Film Package! (Does not include The Turin Horse or Satantango)

  • $40 General Public
    $32 Students & Seniors
    $28 Members
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Hailed as visionary by the likes of Susan Sontag, Jim Jarmusch and Gus Van Sant, the films of Hungarian maestro Béla Tarr seem like the triumphant last breaths of a certain school of European cinematic modernism—a feeling only intensified by Tarr’s announcement that his latest film, the widely acclaimed The Turin Horse, will be his last. Indebted to Tarkovsky and his countryman Miklós Jancsó, Tarr began as a maker of piercing, social-realist dramas focused on the desperate lives of the proletariat class, before achieving auteur superstardom in the 1990s for a series of black-and-white, Communist-era allegories made in close partnership with novelist László Krasznahorkai (Damnation, Satantango, Werckmeister Harmonies). Each of the later films is marked by Tarr’s celebrated use of long, elaborately choreographed tracking shots in which camera and actors seem locked in a hypnotic dance—ravishing cinema that demands to be seen on the largest possible screens. Following his triumphant appearance at the 2011 New York Film Festival, we are pleased to present this rare “complete” retrospective of one of the world’s greatest living filmmakers, culminating in the U.S. theatrical premiere of The Turin Horse at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center.

Don't miss the U.S. theatrical run of The Turin Horse, opening February 10 in the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. Tickets/info >>

Past Films

Damnation

Damnation

Béla Tarr | 1988 | 116 mins

Tarr and Krasznahorkai’s first collaboration is a ravishing film noir about a man’s efforts to steal his estranged lover from the arms of her debt-addled husband.

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Family Nest

Family Nest

Béla Tarr | 1979 | 108 mins

Tarr’s striking debut (made when he was 22) offers a take-no-prisoners snapshot of a seven-member family sharing a tiny apartment during a housing crisis.

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The Man From London

The Man From London

Béla Tarr | 2007 | 135 mins

The Georges Simenon thriller about a railman and a suitcase of stolen cash becomes an enveloping, chiaroscuro world of melancholy and mystery. With Tilda Swinton. NYFF 2007.

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The Outsider

The Outsider

Béla Tarr | 1981 | 122 mins

An aimless young musician drifts through a series of jobs—and women—before being called up for military service in Tarr’s gritty second feature.

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The Prefab People

The Prefab People

Béla Tarr | 1982 | 102m mins

New 35mm print!

A young married couple in monolithic housing endures the trouble and strife of love’s disintegration, in a searing story that works backward from the climactic break-up.

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Satantango

Satantango

Béla Tarr | 1994 | 450 mins

Ticket Prices
$17 General Public
$13 Students & Seniors
$12 Film Society Members

A landmark of contemporary world cinema, Tarr’s international breakthrough came with this transfixing epic about the arrival of a (false) prophet in a small farming collective. Screened with one 15-minute intermission and one 60-minute dinner break.

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Werckmeister Harmonies

Werckmeister Harmonies

Béla Tarr | 2000 | 145 mins

Tarr’s apocalyptic masterpiece unfolds in a Hungarian town teetering at the edge of the abyss with the arrival of a giant stuffed whale. With Hanna Schygulla.

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The Turin Horse

The Turin Horse

Béla Tarr | 2011 | 146 mins

Niezsche’s long silence, and the carriage driver who seemingly brought it on, are the parallel themes of Béla Tarr’s Silver Bear winner from Berlin.

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