Saturday, February 19, 2011

Werckmeister Harmonies (2000)

This is the best film to describe the hard times of civilizations especially now with the riots  in the Arabic world. The soundtrack is one to remember for the rest of your life, so does direction and photography. Janos is a wise man or you can say a philosopher who helps an older scientist into his research on finding the perfect harmony. They both live at a city where no strangers accepted and there is a picture of a very closed society. Someday scientist's wife will come back and will try to collaborate with police's leader in order to rule over the city.
 People are without work and hopeless as remaining souls standing in the main square drinking and spending their time with nothing else to do. When a strange circus arrives there presenting a dead whale and a monstrous prince as a special show, lots of angered people will start to act strangely and soon there will be a revolution for no reason actually. I will never forget the picture of the two leaders when they will see the naked helpless poor old guy staring at them as for help. So there is nothing than ruins and this is the best, man can do at the end, as the prince said. The dead whale is shown as the symbol for hope and freedom but actually is being left alone stinking on the square. A prophetic film that haunts me since I saw it. A masterpiece in black and white!

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