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A lonely barfly falls in love with a married bar singer.

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Béla Tarr
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Cast

Credited cast:
Gábor Balogh Gábor Balogh
János Balogh János Balogh
Péter Breznyik Berg Péter Breznyik Berg
Imre Chmelik Imre Chmelik
György Cserhalmi ... Sebestyén
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)
Károly Hunyadi Károly Hunyadi
Ágnes Kamondy Ágnes Kamondy
Sándor Kaszab Sándor Kaszab
Vali Kerekes Vali Kerekes ... The Singer
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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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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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With "Kárhozat / Damnation", the first of his collaborations with novelist Laszlo Krasznahorkai, Bela Tarr adopts a formally rigorous style, featuring long takes and slow tracking shots of the bleak landscape that surrounds the characters. 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 hlitaniSee 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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