The Werckmeister Harmonies

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OPENS APRIL 18, CERT 12A, 45 MINS

Hungarian master Bela Tarr doesn’t like to rush things. His 1994 film, Satantango, runs over seven hours, its narrative patterns unfolding gracefully and gradually. At two-and-a-half hours, The Werckmeister Harmonies is a mere sketch by comparison, although the four years it took to make and the 15-minute opening shot are details that tell their own story.

Based on the novel, The Melancholy Of Resistance, by L

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