Bela Tarr Retrospective: Journey on the Plain (1995)

For years since I awarded Bela Tarr the Ingmar Bergman Lifetime Achievement Award I’ve been meaning to do a full-blown retrospective on his career. In part because I could do one in totality as he has retired, and because his oeuvre is not as large as some. However, all I managed to post thus far was a look back at The Werckmeister Harmonies, I had already posted my extemporaneous reaction to The Turin Horse.

I have also previously covered his short film work here.

This is an interesting short work as it follows on the heels of his emblematic work of Satantango, deals with the iconic Hungarian plains, features the man who crafted his scores Mihály Vig, and the work of renowned Hungarian poet Sándor Petőfi. This film is a medium-sized example of Tarr’s style. Though it may not be his strongest short it is a good one and worth reflecting upon.

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