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Satantango (1994)

Sátántangó (original title)
Plotting on a payment they are about to receive, residents of a collapsing collective farm see their plans turn into desolation when they discover that Irimiás, a former co-worker who they thought was dead, is coming back to the village.

Director:

Béla Tarr

Writers:

László Krasznahorkai (novel), Mihály Vig (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mihály Vig Mihály Vig ... Irimiás
Putyi Horváth Putyi Horváth ... Petrina (as Dr. Putyi Horváth)
László feLugossy László feLugossy ... Schmidt
Éva Almássy Albert Éva Almássy Albert ... Schmidtné (as Éva Almási Albert)
János Derzsi ... Kráner
Irén Szajki Irén Szajki ... Kránerné
Alfréd Járai Alfréd Járai ... Halics
Miklós Székely B. Miklós Székely B. ... Futaki
Erzsébet Gaál Erzsébet Gaál ... Halicsné
György Barkó György Barkó ... Iskolaigazgató
Zoltán Kamondi Zoltán Kamondi ... Kocsmáros
Barna Mihók Barna Mihók ... Kerekes
Péter Dobai Péter Dobai ... Százados
András Bodnár András Bodnár ... Horgos Sanyi
Erika Bók ... Estike
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Storyline

In a small, dilapidated village in 1990s Hungary, life has come to a virtual stand-still. The Autumn rains have started. A few of 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, who they thought had died, is returning. 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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Official Sites:

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Country:

Hungary | Germany | Switzerland

Language:

Hungarian

Release Date:

28 April 1994 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Satantango See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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The film, like many of Béla Tarr's films, contains one of the longest average shot lengths in any motion picture: 145.7 seconds. A single long take approximately 4 hours into the movie lasts an incredible 10 minutes, 14 seconds. See more »

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Futaki: I shouldn't drink. When I do I keep thinking of coffins.
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A cinema epic
16 December 2006 | by georgezoes4See all my reviews

My name is George Zoes and I am the assistant director of Theo Angelopoulos, the famous director from Greece. I just finished watching the movie and I am in state of cinematic nirvana. I only thought Theo Angelopoulos had the secans shots but I was mistaken.

Bela Tar knows what he is doing. For the people who are addicted to post modern cinema this movie would be a nervous breakdown. But for the people who love the power of images, who keep their minds open, who investigate the same art of cinema, its a miracle this film exists.

The time games that Bela Tar plays with the shots from a different angle are unique and the atmosphere that he creates conviced me that this is a parrarel universe rather than a cinema story. Its a purgative cinema that personally gave me trust to make my own feature film. The visual story seems greater than the written one but its not. I have the feeling that this form is the most suitable for this content. Its like the flesh and the blood, you cant distinguish them.

Thank you Bela Tar and to your screenwriter.

I am ready to leave Theo to work with you.


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