Werckmeister Harmonies (Criterion Collection) (4K + Blu ray) [USA]

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Release Date: April 16, 2024
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Criterion- $39.96 (4K+Blu ray) , $31.96 (Blu ray only)
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Directors: Béla Tarr, Ágnes Hranitzky
Writer: Béla Tarr
Starring: Peter Fitz, Hanna Schygulla, János Derzsi, Mihály Kormos
  • Hungary
  • 2000
  • 145 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.66:1
  • Hungarian
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This mesmeric parable of societal collapse is an enigma of transcendent visual, philosophical, and mystical resonance. Adapted from a novel by László Krasznahorkai, Werckmeister Harmonies unfolds in an unknown time in an unnamed village, where, one day, a mysterious circus—complete with an enormous stuffed whale and a shadowy, demagogue-like figure known as the Prince—arrives and appears to awaken a kind of madness in the citizens that builds inexorably toward violence. In thirty-nine hypnotic long takes engraved in ghostly black and white, auteur Béla Tarr and codirector-editor Ágnes Hranitzky conjure an apocalyptic vision of dreamlike dread and fathomless beauty.

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DIRECTOR-APPROVED 4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES​

  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by director Béla Tarr, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • One 4K UHD disc of the film and one Blu-ray with the film and special features
  • Family Nest (1979), Tarr’s first feature film
  • New interview with Tarr by film critic Scott Foundas
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film programmer and critic Dennis Lim
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