Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Visual Diary: Torrential Existentialism

By Olivia Maria Hărşan

Béla Tarr's 'Damnation' (1988)

Hungarian director Béla Tarr is an auteur, film poet, eccentric and a faveorite of the late American writer Susan Sontag. His earlier films are often cited as realist portrayals of the working class, but Damnation/Kárhozat demonstrated a shift towards a more philosophical side of visual storytelling. Although, Tarr is noted for his three year intervals between film projects, it is well worth the wait because the results are breathtaking. He completed his filmmaking saga with The Turin Horse/A torinói ló (2011) and has since retired from filmmaking. Sometimes artists have told all the stories they needed to tell.

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