Satantango

Satantango ★★★★★

A captivating seven-hour epic black comedy by the internationally acclaimed Hungarian director Béla Tarr and probably one of the greatest movies ever made.

Satantango, due to its long, contemplative shots and its strange, alienated environment, is a film that almost resists, yet desperately must be put into for the viewer’s enrichment, a political context. This style of storytelling on Tarr’s part actually serves to heighten the political issues that are always present. Tarr's film is a negative portrayal of those who seek opportunities and shows politically irresponsible behaviour. Throughout the movie, Tarr sketches the situation from every character's viewpoint. It clearly shows that the people who are self-motivated, live for greed can harm the people around them badly and also powerless people in this kind of situation cause harm to each other.

Tarr critiques the authoritarian leaders who ignore to look after their constituency. He elaborates the situation of the society which is completely built upon equality and community leads to an environment when there is no true relationship and citizens are alienated from one-another. Tarr also represents the poverty and inequality and the rising of violence due to these problems.

The shooting in black and white imagery and the definitive visuals helps us to understand the situation within the failed collectivist setting. The most interesting thing is film contains probably 150 shots and most of the shots last for 10 to 11 minutes..for me this was one of the greatest experiences I've ever had. Must watch for true cinephiles.

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