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4.7
1,563 Ratings

Sátántangó

Directed by Béla Tarr
Hungary, 1994
Drama

Synopsis

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

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

1994 | Winner: Caligari Film Award (Forum)

Toronto International Film Festival

1994

The New York Film Festival

1994

What are people saying?

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • LoverofLeCinema's rating of the film Sátántangó

    I'm disappointed in myself that I put off seeing this so long because of its superhuman length. It is as joyous of a cinematic discovery as anything I have had the pleasure of seeing. All the horror and damned stories lead up to a final hour that is nothing short of electrifying. This is not an essential viewing to say you endured 450 minutes of Bela Tarr, but an essential viewing to be amazed. Enjoy.

  • Harry Rossi's rating of the film Sátántangó

    Watched this in one sitting today and I have to admit, I was totally blown away. Definitely one of the most engaging, thoughtful, visually beautiful films I've ever seen. Tarr's masterpiece. While I can't say that every second of this 7 hour epic was perfect, I will say that as a whole it is a monumental and ambitious achievement. It's also the bleakest vision of humanity I've ever seen portrayed on film. Loved it.

  • Lefteris Becerra's rating of the film Sátántangó

    un documento sobre las posibilidades del cine más allá de las restricciones del cine convencional de corte industrial. un testimonio sobre el arte del siglo xx. una experiencia apabullante para cualquier cinéfilo. un deber para la conciencia humana de sensibilidad ética y estética