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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 B. Székely Miklós B. Székely ... Futaki (as Miklós Székely B.)
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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Drama

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Country:

Hungary | Germany | Switzerland

Language:

Hungarian

Release Date:

28 April 1994 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Satantango See more »

Filming Locations:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Dorka Gryllus visited a friend on the set of Sátántangó, and was impressed by the whole "feeling of film making". It was then, when she decided to be a film actress - and in a few years, she became a famous Hungarian actress. See more »

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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. If you're looking for a link, think of Pericles, order and freedom are linked by passion. We have to believe in both, we suffer from both. Both from order and freedom. But human life is meaningful, rich, beautiful and filthy. It ...
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It grows!
12 December 2004 | by sprengerguidoSee all my reviews

I saw SATANTANGO about ten years ago. At that time, I found it impressive, but quite an ordeal to sit through. But then, years later, I realized I kept thinking back to the images and rhythms of this film. It grows. I also saw other very long movies with very long takes, like TAIGA by Ulrike Ottinger (8 hours) and FROST by Tarr's student Fred Kelemen (4 hours); they didn't work. SATANTANGO stayed with me, like two other films by Tarr, DAMNATION and WERCKMEISTER HARMONIES. Today I consider it as one of the greatest movie experiences I ever had. I do not know how Tarr pulls this off; his most effective takes often seem simple and straightforward. It must be magic. By the way, Gus Van Sant's ELEPHANT uses similar techniques at times (long shots of people walking), and Van Sant acknowledged Tarr's influence.


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