Shostakovich, Hamlet & Bela Tarr’s Damnation


At two hours DAMNATION has been described as SATANTANGO “lite”…. that must, however, be a reference to it’s length not its tone.
This powerful work reveals the evolution of the essential method and style which Tarr later extends into his major work… black and white images which seem to float out of an endless drunken dream… desparate people ready to betray each other and themselves as the rain never ends and the “Titanic” bar sets sail to sink into the capitalistic unknown.
Adapted from a novel of the same name by Laszlo Kresznahorkai the novelist and Tarr this fruitful collaboration brought about a maturity, and a more profound philosophical and artistic depth to Tarr’s work that was lacking in the earlier films.(Cinema parallel)

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