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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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A masterpiece for this decade See more (44 total) »

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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Trivia:
The movie was filmed between 4 February 1992 and 16 January 1994.See more »
Quotes:
Százados:Not that human life was so highly valued. Keeping order appears to be the business of the authorities, but in fact it's the business of all. Order. Freedom, however, has nothing human. It's something divine, something... our lives are too short for us to know properly...See more »
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Referenced in Elephant (2003)See more »

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69 out of 84 people found the following review useful.
A masterpiece for this decade, 26 September 1998
Author: zvelf from New York

I was mesmerized by this 7-hour long 1994 Hungarian film called "Satantango." Filmed entirely in black and white, director Bela Tarr has created some of the most stunning images I've seen on film. The opening shot, about 10 minutes long, is an enormous tracking shot following a herd of cows wandering through an otherwise desolate village. Then there's this 10-minute take of a window at dawn. Everything but the window is dark, then ever so slowly morning light brings the objects in the room into view, a character finally enters, peers out the window, then goes back to bed. There's a 5-minute tracking shot of two characters hurrying down the street in a horrendous wind while a veritable tornado of garbage and litter whirls about them. There's a stark, almost surreal woods strewn with fog. No take is less than a minute long, and there are about a dozen around 10 minutes. The average edited shot in a Hollywood film is less than 10 seconds. It's almost mind-boggling the logistical and practical difficulties of sustaining such long takes. In a great many, Tarr utilizes extensive camera movement. The camera tracks and weaves and gives you a sense of space found in few other films -- maybe those of a Welles, Ophuls, or Kubrick. The dance in the middle of the film from which the film takes its title is shown in one 10-minute take. It cuts away to a little girl watching the dance for a few minutes, then cuts back to the dance for another 10-minute take. And nothing about this sequence is boring. The eight actors in the scene carry on heartily. Another inspired shot has the camera revolving around seven sleeping characters while a narrator describes the dreams of each.

The story concerns a group of poor villagers who gets conned by a smart talker who was once one of their own into giving up all their money to go live on a non-existent communal farm. The first 4-1/2 hours is made up of 5 "stories" from the perspective of different characters over the course of the same day. Some of the events in each story overlap, so you see them occur again and again, but each time from a different perspective since they occur in the context of a different character's life. It is not unlike what Tarantino does with a segment in "Jackie Brown," but whereas Tarantino's technique is tiresome because it is plot-related, Tarr's is a grand achievement in tone.

The first story shows us Futaki, who while having an affair with Mrs. Schmid, finds out that her husband is planning to make off with the money that eight villagers have come into through one of conman Irimias's schemes. Then they both discover Irimias, who was thought to be dead, has returned to their village. The second story follows Irimias and his trying to evade trouble with the law. The third shows us a doctor who observes the other villagers and who writes down everything he experiences in journals that he keeps. The fourth has a young girl taking out her miseries in life on a cat and contemplates suicide. The fifth shows all the pertinent villagers gather together at a bar and drinking and dancing until they are all in a drunken stupor.

Satantango is one of the grand achievements in cinema of this decade.

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