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1,596 Ratings


Directed by Béla Tarr
Hungary, 1994


Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Béla Tarr’s epic rendering of László Krasznahorkai’s novel about the decline of Communism in Eastern Europe is a unique and visionary masterpiece that defies classification and transcends genre.

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Sátántangó Directed by Béla Tarr

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  • Slow Immersion [Joe]'s rating of the film Sátántangó

    One of the monuments of cinema, and one of the works which makes you question what cinema is. Almost impressive as Tarr himself, is the wonderful camerawork; floating and tracking and making his works look visually exquisite. Third time I have seen this, and after 'losing interest' in narrative cinema, this has resparked my interest in more than experimental cinema. Unstitched and final part <3, Fog, rain, mud, wind

  • Kamran's rating of the film Sátántangó

    99/100 - Masterful ( Tarr’s poetic vision, a realism so uncanny, so surreal, so alive, is realized in each and every frame of the film, only minorly slighted by Tarr’s undeniable social-satirical agenda. This affectation of his work, which is exceedingly present in his early films, is nearly overcome in Sátántangó, a film which seems...

  • Marc St-Cyr (Death cinéphilia)'s rating of the film Sátántangó

    HOLY SHIT!!!! The first 2 hours was frustrating (lack of patience by myself), but after the Estike's episode, the tango's scene and quick synopsis reading on Wiki (after 2 hours of gazing) everything become mesmerizing! The Facets boxset include a instructive booklet about a roundtable with Rosenbaum, Bordwell... A SUPREME MASTERPIECE OF CINEMA! Too hyped! Need to see it on a huge screen! That tango's music! i cried.

  • José Neves's rating of the film Sátántangó

    After my recent resistance to Tarr's heavy formal system, it would be curious to rewatch this film, that both surprised and impressed me, but i lack the time and patience to do it this saturday at the Cinematheque so this classification is the result of a period passed, awaiting the eventual hypothesis of a further viewing.

  • T. J. Harman's rating of the film Sátántangó

    Too hard to describe in the space I'm limited to here but a bracing, extensive look at a community in the middle of change at the mercy of shady opportunists, each other and the elements. Worth a view if you prepare yourself and are in the right mood. One of Tarr's best.

  • Gylfi's rating of the film Sátántangó

    One of the greatest film of the 90's. Human cruelty, greed and despair. Sadness, bitter loneliness and isolation. Bela Tarr shows no mercy in portaying the cause and effect of these emotions with stunning realism (those beautiful long shots are a sight to behold) and his unique dark sense of humour is on full display here. I am glad that I watched this without any kind of pause or interruption. A masterpiece !

  • This is Jake Kath's rating of the film Sátántangó

    Utterly ridiculous! Only a movie this mad will keep me sane for the years to come. Harmonies and Turrin Horse feel like embellished areas of this movie and just don't compare to the grand magnitude movement of Satan's tango. Very compelling, very witty, very graceful, very bleak. I'm so glad Mr.Tarr has retired because there will be only this movie to journey to, in the end.

  • Scott Barley's rating of the film Sátántangó

    "Comes Unstitched": As far as realism goes, there is no sequence as profound and as unendurably affecting in all of Cinema. Tarr manages to encompass everything that makes us human; the flaws (greed, incendiarism, indoctrination), the virtues (wonder, imagination, hope and passion), the corporeal, the existential and metaphysical searching, the intangible beauty and sadness that manifests throughout human existence.