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Tarr Béla: I Used to Be a Filmmaker2013

  • 4.0
An illuminating and extremely rare documentary profile of one of the greatest filmmakers of our time, Bela Tarr. Filmed during the production of his final masterpiece, THE TURIN HORSE, TARR BELA: I USED TO BE A FILMMAKER features clips, behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with longtime collaborators. From December 2008 until June 2010, Bйla Tarr gathered his “cinema family” near Budapest for his last film: THE TURIN HORSE. This shooting family, which has been collaborating with Tarr for years or even decades, includes Tarr's wife/co-director/editor Agnes Hranitzky, cinematographer Fred Kelemen (himself a director of some renown), scriptwriter Laszlo Krasznahorkai, musician Mihaly Vig, composer Akosh Szelevenyi's and lead actors Janos Derzsi and Erika Bok. TARR BELA: I USED TO BE A FILMMAKER offers an in-depth window into Tarr’s on set process. While filmmaking is "a feudal system" and “there is no democracy in art” as Tarr declares, I USED TO BE A FILMMAKER reveals collaboration is essential to the making of Tarr’s cinematic art. Granted all-access, French anthropologist/filmmaker Lamoure closely follows the construction of the main set and captures intimate exchanges between the director and his actors during rehearsals.

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Wonderful documentary that is mostly about the making of "The Turin Horse," with interviews with actors and assistants who have worked with Tarr during his decades long directing career. Hopefully, more of his films will become available to stream as he was one of the greatest directors of the last 30 years and deserves a wider audience.

I always suspected the sustained wind was impossible; the helicopter explains much.

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