Werckmeister Harmoniak

Werckmeister Harmoniak


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Werckmeister Harmoniak

Bela Tarr follows up on his seven-hour epic Satantango, considered by some critics as one of the finest films of the 1990s, with this elegant, haunting work about the cycles of violence that have dogged Eastern European history. Jancos (Lars Rudolph) is a wide-eyed innocent who works as an occasional postal worker and as a caretaker for Mr. Ezster (Peter Fitz). An outsider and a visionary, he marvels at the miracles of creation, from the planets rotating in the heavens to the sundry animals on earth. One day, a circus featuring jars full of medical anomalies and a massive dead whale entombed in a corrugated metal trailer visits Jancos' economically depressed village. Another more sinister attraction is a shadowy figure dubbed "The Prince," whose nihilist rants incite the town's disaffected to riot. Not long afterwards, Mrs. Ezster (Hanna Schygulla) cajoles her estranged husband to join a citizen's action group against the circus, threatening to move back into his house if he doesn't play along. Tension in the town builds until, after one of The Prince's hate-filled speeches, throngs of angry men with blunt instruments ransack and brutalize a men's hospital ward. When the dust clears, lives are irrevocably changed. This film was screened at the 2000 Toronto Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/28/2006
UPC: 0736899091026
Original Release: 2000
Rating: NR
Source: Facets
Region Code: 0
Time: 2:25:00

Special Features

Facets Cine-Notes collectible booklet; Scene selection

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lars Rudolph János Valuska
Peter Fitz György Eszter
Hanna Schygulla Tünde Eszter
Janos Derzsi man in broad-cloth coat
Djocko Rossitch man in Western boots
Tamas Wichmann man in the sailor-cap
Ferenc Kallai director
Mihály Kormos factotum
Putyi Horvath porter
Éva Almási Albert Aunt Piri
Iren Szajki Mrs. Harrer
Alfred Jarai Lajos Harrer
Gyorgy Barko Mr. Nabadán
Lajos Dobák Mr. Volent
Andras Fekete Mr. Árgyelán
Péter Dobai chief constable
Kati Lazar sorter
László Felugossy housepainter
Gyula Pauer Mr. Hagelmayer
Barna Mihok coachman
Lois Viktor loader
Béla Máriáss Mr. Mádai
Matyas Drafi man in fur-cap
József Ropog man beside the man in the fur-cap
Sándor Bese The Prince
Tamás Bolba voice of János Valuska
Peter Haumann Gyorgy Eszter (Voice)
Mariann Moor Tunde Eszter (Voice)
Attila Kaszas The Prince (Voice)
Eniko Borcsok Actor
Gyuri Dósa Kiss Actor
Jozsi Mihalyfi Actor
Geza Balkay Actor
Peter Toth Actor
Erika Horineczky Actor
Bela Nagy Actor
Lajos Bulucs Actor
Ferenc Gazdag Actor
Gyula Herpai Actor
Tibor Komaromi Actor
Geza Kosa Actor
Jozsef Szanto Actor
Miklos Vaszlavik Actor
Janos Varadi Actor
Agnes Kamondy Actor
Peter Magyar Actor
Dora Kovats Actor
Gabor Werner Actor

Technical Credits
Béla Tarr Director,Associate Producer,Screenwriter
János Breckl Costumes/Costume Designer
Ralph E. Cotta Associate Producer
Patrick De Ranter Cinematographer
Franz Goëss Producer
Miklós Gurbán Cinematographer
Ágnes Hranitzky Editor
Brigitta Kajdácsi Sound Editor
Sebestyén Kodolányi Asst. Director
Gyorgy Kovacs Sound/Sound Designer
László Krasznahorkai Screenwriter
Erwin Lanzensberger Cinematographer
Gábor Medvigy Cinematographer
Emil Novák Cinematographer
Gyula Pauer Consultant/advisor
Paul Saadoun Producer
Miklos Szita Producer
Rob Tregenza Cinematographer
Von Vietinghoff Producer
Joachim von Vietinghoff Producer
Mihály Vig Score Composer
Joerg Widmer Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Werckmeister Harmonies
1. Opening Credits [1:10]
2. Explaining the Eclipse [10:50]
3. The Prince & the Whale [18:03]
4. Werckmeister Harmonies [5:38]
5. Visiting the Whale [10:20]
6. Tünde [10:45]
7. Blackmail [16:01]
8. Tünde & the Police Chief [1:35]
9. Unrest [8:41]
10. The Mob Attacks [19:16]
11. Post-Apolcalypse [10:39]
12. Nothing Counts [14:36]
13. End Credits [8:40]

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Werckmeister Harmoniak 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
jbrack81 More than 1 year ago
Stuff of nightmares.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago