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“And then…complete silence. Everything that lives is still.”

4 Jan

There was a solar eclipse today.  You may not have realized it because it wasn’t visible everywhere.  And although it wasn’t a total eclipse (of the heart or otherwise), it did get me thinking about the film “Werkmeister Harmonies” by the brilliant Hungarian director, Béla Tarr.

There are only 39 shots in the entire movie!  And most of them take place in a circus, around a huge whale carcass.  Oh and the circus is in the middle of a frost-ridden expanse.   Those nutty Hungarians.  If you’re a fan of gorgeous black-and-white languidness that leads right up to absolute dread,  you should definitely check it out.

One of the things which make this film so magical is the pure beauty of the soundtrack.  It’s by a composer named Mihály Víg and I’ve been unsuccessfully been trying to get the recording for years.  If anyone is going to Hungary….I will officially be your best friend if you track it down.  I’m not kidding.

I do own one track.  I have no idea of its name, but it’s haunting.  Do yourself a favor and download/listen here.

But back to that eclipse.  Here’s one of the finest moments in cinematic history.  I’m still not kidding.  But be in the mood for ten minutes of poetry, not action.

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