Satantango ★★★★

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then how many words is Satantango worth?

If I have miles to go before I sleep, how many miles were walked in Satantango before the average viewer fell asleep?

After all those minutes, what I remember most strongly were the many scenes of walking, the cat torture, and the beautiful black and white cinematography.

The opening shot alone, in which the camera tracks a herd of cows, lasts nearly 8 minutes. I would love to know how many minutes were spent watching people walk.

I love to take sarcastic shots at this film, but there is really nothing quite like it. Bela Tarr's cinematic world is a hypnotic creation all its own.

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