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The Cinema of Béla TarrThe Circle Closes$
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András Bálint Kovács

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231165310

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231165310.001.0001

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(p.171) Conclusion
The Cinema of Béla Tarr

András Bálint Kovács

Columbia University Press

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.

Keywords:   Béla Tarr, Hungarian film directors, filmmakers, international reputation, art films, art cinema, realism

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