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Satantango (1994)
"Sátántangó" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  28 April 1994 (Hungary)
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In a small dilapidated village in 1990s Hungary, life has come to a virtual standstill. The autumn rains have started. The villagers expect to receive a large cash payment that evening, and... See full summary »

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Mihály Vig ...
Putyi Horváth ...
Petrina (as Dr. Putyi Horváth)
László feLugossy ...
Schmidt
Éva Almássy Albert ...
Schmidtné (as Éva Almási Albert)
János Derzsi ...
Kráner
Irén Szajki ...
Kránerné
Alfréd Járai ...
Halics
Miklós Székely B. ...
Erzsébet Gaál ...
Halicsné
György Barkó ...
Iskolaigazgató
Zoltán Kamondi ...
Kocsmáros
Barna Mihók ...
Kerekes
Péter Dobai ...
András Bodnár ...
Horgos Sanyi
Erika Bók ...
Estike
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In a small dilapidated village in 1990s Hungary, life has come to a virtual standstill. The autumn rains have started. The villagers expect to receive a large cash payment that evening, and then plan to leave. Some want to abscond earlier with more than their fair share of the money. However they hear that the smooth talking Irimias, whom they thought had died, is coming back. They are apprehensive that he will take all their money in one of his grandiose schemes to keep the community going. Written by Will Gilbert

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Dorka Gryllus visited a friend on the set of Sátántangó, and was impressed by the whole "feeling of film making". It was then, when she decided to be a film actress - and in a few years, she became a famous Hungarian actress. See more »

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It grows!
12 December 2004 | by (Taipei) – See all my reviews

I saw SATANTANGO about ten years ago. At that time, I found it impressive, but quite an ordeal to sit through. But then, years later, I realized I kept thinking back to the images and rhythms of this film. It grows. I also saw other very long movies with very long takes, like TAIGA by Ulrike Ottinger (8 hours) and FROST by Tarr's student Fred Kelemen (4 hours); they didn't work. SATANTANGO stayed with me, like two other films by Tarr, DAMNATION and WERCKMEISTER HARMONIES. Today I consider it as one of the greatest movie experiences I ever had. I do not know how Tarr pulls this off; his most effective takes often seem simple and straightforward. It must be magic. By the way, Gus Van Sant's ELEPHANT uses similar techniques at times (long shots of people walking), and Van Sant acknowledged Tarr's influence.


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