This concluding chapter looks at the reasons behind Tarr's outstanding international reputation. One part of the answer could be that Tarr did not just make “interesting” or “good” films. He created an original version of stylistic features that are part of recognizable and important international art-film currents. Another element is the “added value” of his style, which is threefold. First, an incredibly grim, depressed atmosphere; second, a landscape entirely unknown to the international audience yet very typical of a geographical and historical region: Eastern Europe; and third, a historical situation—all of this appeared when international art-film culture had just started to rediscover the value of these elements in the films made in regions far from Western Europe. The third element is a consequence of all this. With Tarr's films a very strange form of realism emerged in art cinema.
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