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Damnation (1988)

Kárhozat (original title)
A lonely barfly falls in love with a married bar singer.

Director:

Béla Tarr
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Cast

Credited cast:
Miklós Székely B. Miklós Székely B. ... Karrer
Vali Kerekes Vali Kerekes ... The Singer
Gyula Pauer Gyula Pauer ... Willarsky / bartender
György Cserhalmi ... Sebestyén / singer's husband
Hédi Temessy ... Cloakroom woman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gábor Balogh Gábor Balogh
János Balogh János Balogh
Péter Breznyik Berg Péter Breznyik Berg
Imre Chmelik Imre Chmelik
Zoltán Csorba Zoltán Csorba
József Dénes József Dénes
Zoltán Farkas Zoltán Farkas
Gáspár Ferdinándy Gáspár Ferdinándy
Jenõ Gaál Jenõ Gaál
János 'Dixi' Gémes János 'Dixi' Gémes ... (as János Gémes)
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Storyline

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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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Country:

Hungary

Language:

Hungarian

Release Date:

20 October 1988 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Damnation See more »

Filming Locations:

Hungary

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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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Referenced in Werckmeister Harmonies (2000) See more »

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Don't forget the humour
25 January 2013 | by colin-657See all my reviews

I watch Bela Tarr's films over again with endless fascination. The length is not a problem: No longer that many pieces of music. If you can concentrate through a Wagner opera and I hope you can, then a Tarr film is not very long. All the films are very much products of team work but lead by an autocratic man who knows exactly what he wants, hence the seam free quality of the experience, It is that, rather than the length which requires the concentration. I have not found it mentioned often enough but there is much humour in his films, Karrer does a reprise of Gene Kelly, which is then itself parodied near the end of the film. Damnation is maybe still my favourite, I suppose for the mesmerising way sound is used to structure a complex web of association, but then all of the available late films has so much to offer


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