The film is comprised of two uninterrupted shots; the first a 5-minute segment that includes the credits and features the scene where the "sisters" speak to both Macbeth and Banquo and has little camera movement; and the second one a 57-minute very complex tracking shot where the camera wanders through a lot of different places and is always moving, in the style that would later become trademark for director Béla Tarr. See more »
Incredible film-making, one five minute take, and one sixty two minute take...
This is one of the most unique, fascinating films ever made from the Scottish play. The film was made for Hungarian TV, and it was shot on old fashioned, analog video. Yet Bela Tarr (one of the greatest filmmakers working today) made an incredible film. There are a mere 2 shots in the film. The pre-credits shot runs five minutes, the post credits shot runs 62 minutes. It's incredible that Tarr composed a 62 minute take, but that he does it so well, and you find yourself forgetting about the length of the shot, and are drawn into Tarr's world. Tarr is a master filmmaker, one of the greatest ever (certainly the best ever to emerge from Hungary), and this is one of his most fascinating films.
The film is available as a bonus feature on Facets's DVD of Satantango.
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