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28 April 1994 (Hungary) See more »
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In a small, dilapidated village in 1990s Hungary, life has come to a virtual stand-still. The Autumn rains have started... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Mihály Vig ... Irimiás
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. ... Futaki
Erzsébet Gaál ... Halicsné
György Barkó ... Iskolaigazgató
Zoltán Kamondi ... Kocsmáros
Barna Mihók ... Kerekes
Péter Dobai ... Százados
András Bodnár ... Horgos Sanyi
Erika Bók ... Estike
Peter Berling ... Orvos
Ica Bojár ... Horgosné
Gyula Pauer
Ernõ Mihályi
Mihály Kormos
András Fekete
Andor Simai
István Juhász ... Kelemen
Ferenc Kállai ... Orvos (voice: Hungary)
Katalin Krizsánné Kovács
Mihály Ráday ... Narrator (voice)
Vilmosné Pataki
Mária Borbély
Kati Makrányi
Zsuzsa Fodor
Beatrix Jeszensky
Rita Deák Varga
Frigyes Hollósi (as Frigyes Hollósy)
Ágnes Kamondy
Kína Vetõ
Mia Santamaria
József Kresinka
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Directed by
Béla Tarr 
 
Writing credits
László Krasznahorkai (novel "Sátántangó")

Mihály Vig (story) &
Péter Dobai (story) &
Barna Mihók (story)

László Krasznahorkai (screenplay) &
Béla Tarr (screenplay)

Produced by
György Fehér .... producer
Joachim von Vietinghoff .... producer
Ruth Waldburger .... producer
 
Original Music by
Mihály Vig 
 
Cinematography by
Gábor Medvigy 
 
Film Editing by
Ágnes Hranitzky 
 
Production Design by
Sándor Kállay 
 
Set Decoration by
Sándor Katona 
Béla Zsolt Tóth 
 
Costume Design by
János Breckl 
Gyula Pauer 
 
Production Management
Tibor Dimény .... production manager (uncredited)
Gábor Koncz .... production manager (uncredited)
Gábor Téni .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Zoltán Gazsi .... assistant director
János Hollós .... assistant director
Ágnes Hranitzky .... associate director
András Kécza .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Gyula Pauer .... art consultant
Béla Tarr .... visual concept
 
Sound Department
József Kardos .... sound recordist
György Kovács .... production sound mixer
István Pergel .... sound recordist (as István Perger)
Csaba Erös .... sound recordist (uncredited)
György Kovács .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Lajos Ledniczky .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Péter Pásztorfi .... special effects technician (as Péter Pásztorffy)
 
Stunts
Zoltán Gulyás Kiss .... stunt arranger (uncredited)
Krisztian Kery .... utility stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Elõd Kürtös .... gaffer
Zsigmond Molcsány .... gaffer (as Zsigmund Molcsán)
Tamas Nyerges .... steadicam operator (as Tamás Nyerges)
László Ramm .... camera operator
Atilla Szucs Sr. .... grip (as Attila Szûcs)
András Tóth .... grip
János Tóth .... grip
István Õsz .... gaffer
 
Editorial Department
András Bederna .... color grader
 
Music Department
András Nyerges .... music recordist
 
Other crew
József Bagyura .... production assistant
Mária Csapó .... production assistant
Melinda Csönge .... production assistant
Csaba Erös .... production assistant (as Csaba Erõss)
Csaba Hagen .... production assistant (as Csaba Hágen)
Mónika Hajnal .... production assistant
Mari Havasi .... production assistant (as Mária Havasi)
Péter Hermann .... production assistant
Beáta Hoffmann .... production assistant (as Beáta Hoffman)
Ferenc Hábetler .... production assistant
Brigitta Kajdácsi .... production assistant
Szilvia Kovács .... production assistant
Lajos Ledniczky .... production assistant
Erzsébet Lesetár .... production assistant
József Mezö .... production assistant (as József Mezõ)
Sándor Mátrai .... production assistant
Tamás Oláh .... production assistant
Tibor Oláh .... production assistant
Gyula Peterdy .... production assistant (as Gyula Peterdi)
Ferenc Simkó .... production assistant
Róbert Szabó .... production assistant
Éva Szentandrási .... production assistant
József Trombitás .... production assistant
Ferenc Török .... production assistant
Gyula Velez .... production assistant
Gyula Zámbó .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Alf Bold .... dedicatee
Tibor Dimény .... special thanks
Gábor Koncz .... special thanks
Marcell Merza .... special thanks
Ernõ Mihályi .... special thanks
Tibor Orosz .... special thanks
Ulrich Ströhle .... special thanks
Sándor Sõth .... special thanks
Gábor Téni .... special thanks
Klári Téni .... with the support of
László Vincze .... with the support of
Karin Wegmann .... special thanks
Katalin Óvári .... special thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sátántangó" - Hungary (original title)
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Runtime:
450 min
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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The movie was filmed between 4 February 1992 and 16 January 1994.See more »
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Futaki:I shouldn't drink. When I do I keep thinking of coffins.See more »
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A beginner's guide to Satantango, 15 April 2012
Author: poikkeus from San Francisco

Goaded on by curiosity, I saw SATANTANGO at the Pacific Film Archive several years ago. Critics gushed that SATANTANGO was without parallel - but two hours into the movie, I was less than impressed. Very little plot. Black and gray photography. Segments that went on seemingly forever, with no clear point. Much of the audience filed out early, and I left early, too. Was the director, Bela Tarr, trying to make the film an endurance contest?

More recently, I consulted the Internet Movie Database to see what was written about SATANTANGO. The cumulative rating of 8.5 of 10 was impressive, as were the write-ups. "A stunning experience," says one viewer. "Biggest cinematic experience in history," says another. The kudos go on and on. But if you scroll down the database, you'll also find the negative reviews. "Self- indulgent, annoying," one writer says. One of the more measured responses is, "I do not regret that I saw this movie, but I certainly to not think it was a day well-spent" - after giving the film a 1 of 10 rating.

So, I decided to see the film again - this time on DVD - to determine if my initial dismissal at the PFA was warranted. And I learned how to appreciate a different kind of movie - come to enjoy it. My hints to a naive viewer:

- Calibrate your attention span. The individual takes of SATANTANGO are unusually long; the first scene, set outside a pen for steers and chickens, lasts over eight minutes, with no cuts. Just a single tracking shot. This happens through the entire film; in fact, the long takes and slow tracking shots give the film its rhythm and style. If you go into SATANTANGO expecting a film paced to contemporary standards, you'll be disappointed. If you can, take a few breaks between segments - and ask questions.

- Learn about recent European history. It's possible to enjoy SATANTANGO on its own merits, but understanding recent history helps greatly. The film's dramatize the economic depression that accompanies break-up of the Soviet blok, but things have already gone bad. Crumbling infrastructure everywhere. People struggle to get by, just barely, by depending on agricultural collectives (like the one depicted in SATANTANGO). The gray, depressing world that would eventually engulf the region.

- Structure, structure, structure. The key to appreciating SATANTANGO lies in understanding the film's structure. Another reviewer here aptly mentioned Akira Kurosawa's RASHOMON, wherein the film's narrative is defined by a single event - told in entirely different ways by the main characters. SATANTANGO uses a similar technique; several characters experience the same segment of time from different points of view. The eight-minute "preface" introduces us to the collective itself - where the barebones infrastructure is shown. From here, each segment of the film is separated by an inter-title; when a new segment starts, we see the same action - from a new character's POV. But nearly every segment involves leaving this wet, cold, impoverished piece of hell - or somehow come up with a way to exploit it.

- Dance "the Satantango." The musical segments can open the way to appreciating and even enjoying SATANTANGO. Music is important for Tarr, and the repeating figures of dance are a metaphor. The tango is a repeating dance that abides by the rule, "one step forward, two steps back." It's reflected in the lives of the characters, who take one step forward in their lives, but always end up two steps back. The "chapters" of the film don't move forward like a typical narrative work; it's destined to repeat the same segment of time, over and over again. There's no progress for the characters, because they're stuck in time. If you're frustrated by the fact that the movie seems static - that's the point. SATANTANGO is a story that can't move forward; it repeats the same familiar song, over and over - until a development determines a new course of action for the characters.

I didn't enjoy SATANTANGO when I saw it the first time, but I've since become a fan. The investment of time may seem extreme to some, but it's more than worthwhile.

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