The Circus, the Whale, the Prince
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This challenge submission is a tribute to the hungarian filmmaker Bela Tarr. His movie "Werckmeister Harmonies", which I watched nearly a year ago still excites me today. I never watched a movie this impressive before. On the other hand I can't say that I really grasp the story of this movie. But that's maybe not a bad thing. I'm looking forward to deal even more with the Werckmeister Harmonies in the future.
Werckmeister Harmonies received much critical acclaim. On Metacritic, the film received an weighted average score of 92/100 (based on eight reviews), which translates to "universal acclaim". Based on 39 reviews, Rotten Tomatoes reports a 97% approval rating, with an average score of 8.5/10.
Lawrence van Gelder of The New York Times called the film "elusive" and argued that it "beckons filmgoers who complain about the vapidity of Hollywood movie making and yearn for a film to ponder and debate." David Sterritt, writing for the Christian Science Monitor, awarded it a full four stars, remarking, "Tarr wants to stir the imagination and awaken the conscience of his audience rather than divert us with easy entertainment."
In The Guardian, Richard Williams compared Tarr to the greatest directors and perceived Werckmeister Harmonies as "a bleak vision of chaos and capitalism." Film critic Roger Ebert described the movie as "unique and original", writing that it "feels as much like cinema verite as the works of Frederick Wiseman." He went on to add the film to his "Great Movies" collection in 2007.
Some critics rank the movie with the best of all time. In the British Film Institute's decennial Sight & Sound poll, 10 critics and five directors voted Werckmeister Harmonies one of the 10 greatest works of cinema ever made — placing it 171st in the critics' poll and 132nd in the directors' poll. According to They Shoot Pictures, Don't They, a website which statistically calculates the most well-received movies, it is the fifth-most well received movie of the 21st century, and the 268th-most acclaimed film of all time.
Here are some short impressions from this true masterwork:
This is my submission to the "Night Scenes"-Challenge.
Everything is SC4 except the smoke, the fog and the tail of the whale.
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