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By András Bálint Kovács

The Cinema of Béla Tarr is a serious research of the paintings of Hungary's so much trendy and the world over top recognized movie director, written by way of a pupil who has Bela Tarr's profession via a detailed own courting for greater than twenty-five years. András Bálint Kovács lines the improvement of Tarr's subject matters, characters, and elegance, exhibiting that most of his significant stylistic and narrative strategies have been already found in his early motion pictures and that via a wakeful and meticulous recombination of and experimentation with those components, Tarr arrived at his designated sort. the importance of those motion pictures is that, past their aesthetic and old price, they supply the main strong imaginative and prescient of a complete area and its old state of affairs. Tarr's motion pictures show, of their universalistic language, the shared emotions of hundreds of thousands of japanese Europeans.

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Firstly, Hungarian modern cinema in the 1960s relied on a ‘serious’, often tragic, approach to Hungarian history which did not incorporate irony or documentary style very easily. Secondly, when Hungarian cinema adopted the documentary-fiction mixing method after all, it was due to the simple fact that a certain documentary film practice could not be continued any longer. The documentary-fiction current grew out of a documentary film practice existing between 1969 and 1974 in the official Hungarian experimental studio of young filmmakers called the Balázs Béla Stúdió.

By the early 1980s it was not only the ‘documentary look’ that lost its interest for Tarr, but also all superficial indicators of realism. The Prefab People and especially Macbeth were clear indications of that. In these films one can clearly discern a certain effort to get as far as possible from the visual environment of his previous films: the proletarian or lower-middle-class lifestyle so well-known in Hungarian films of the time. indb 38 the cine ma o f bé l a tarr 11/03/2013 15:41 1980s’; detachment from the concrete social and economic environment appeared in them instead.

In the cinéma vérité genre the film’s narrative can also be fictional, but it is always filmed in a loose documentary style with amateur actors originating from the very environment the story takes place. The specificity of cinéma vérité is that the actors reflect from time to time on their roles and explain what they are doing and why. This is a form where the fictional character of the story is not hidden but reflected on, which creates another real documentary layer in the narrative: the commentaries and the reflections of the actors.

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