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Damnation (1988)
"Kárhozat" (original title)

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Karrer plods his way through life in quiet desperation. His environment is drab and rainy and muddy. Eaten up with solitude, his hopelessness would be incurable but for the existence of the... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Gábor Balogh
János Balogh
Péter Breznyik Berg
Imre Chmelik
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Zoltán Csorba
József Dénes
Zoltán Farkas
Gáspár Ferdinándy
Jenõ Gaál
János Gémes
Károly Hunyadi
Ágnes Kamondy
Sándor Kaszab
Vali Kerekes ...
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Karrer plods his way through life in quiet desperation. His environment is drab and rainy and muddy. Eaten up with solitude, his hopelessness would be incurable but for the existence of the Titanik Bar and its beautiful, haunting singer. But the lady is married and Karrer is determined to keep her husband away... Written by Guy Bellinger

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There is no dialogue until 7 minutes into the film. See more »

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In the Dance/Party scene, the band and the music are clearly out of sync. See more »

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How to use light in film
7 October 2004 | by (London) – See all my reviews

The film demonstrates in the most eloquent manner how much colour one can

be found on black and white film emulsion. Béla Tarr and Gábor Medvigy his

cinematographer, tell the simple story in a sequence of very long shots, that are seemingly very realistic. The apparent realism in the film is spread into thin layers of detailed information in the composition of each frame, and add up to a full cinematic view on reality. Each shot tells a story, that relates not only to the characters and the plot, but mainly correspond with thoughts and ideas of a

different plot – the visual plot. The visual delivery of the plot, so it seems, is more important then the plot itself. In one shot we can see a wide lens close up, lit with meticulous attention to every hair lock on the actress' head, develop into a panning shot of a crowd in the foreground and the hero in the background (in focus!), when each of the

events is lit in a different way so the audience would be able to tell the hero from the crowd, and each character is lit to his personal lighting theme. Gábor

Medvigy uses light like Ennio Morricone uses music.


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