Satantango ★★★★★

Words do not ensure this staggeringly grandiose and visually poetic film justice. Have tried to watch this several times but was unsatisfied with the video quality, rest assured the 25th anniversary remaster is absolutely gorgeous, each cardboard box, droplet of rain, puddle, dancing flies, wrinkles on decaying visages, curtains, rolling streams of fog, are rendered gorgeously. While the film requires a great deal of patience, it’s stunning, all the claims of it being a masterpiece are without question justified: the accordion playing, the torrential gravity of the weather assaulting each character, the carefully drawn dialogues, the monologue commenting as an omnipotent, loving narrator, the intertwining narratives, just incredible. If you have the seven hours to spare for this film, SPARE EM’, beyond worth your time.

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