Satantango

Satantango

In no time at all, I found myself breathing in sync with the meditative rhythm and petrifying hum that lies beneath every image. Its tempo is real-time, and the hum is emitted from the man behind the camera, Bela Tarr, and that is never in doubt. He recognizes that the single most powerful tool available to a filmmaker is time, and more specifically, real-time. As a result, Satantango can be perceived as the most persuasive argument for real-time as the magnifying glass for emotion, character, symbolism, and the common denominator for the real and the abstract. In the film, we see the magnifying glass of real-time depict the enormity of details, become a form of descriptive prose as well as poetry, and allow the images contained between cuts to ferment, crystallize, and finally, immortalize. Furthermore, Bela Tarr won't allow a single edit to interrupt an image until that image has become an imprint not only on our eyes, but our minds.

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