The Turin Horse [Blu-ray]
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SPECIAL EDITION Blu-ray includes over 3 hours of bonus material!
- Hotel Magnezit (1978, 10 minutes), a short film by Bela Tarr
- Audio Commentary by film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum
- Press Conference with Bela Tarr, co-director Ágnes Hranitzky; actors Mihály Kormos, Erika Bók, and János Derzsi; director of photography Fred Kelemen; composer Mihály Vig; and co-producer Gábor Téni from the 2011 Berlin Film Festival (45 minutes)
- BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVE: Regis Dialogue with Bela Tarr at the Walker Art Center (2007, 81 minutes)
- Theatrical Trailer
- Booklet featuring an essay by film critic J. Hoberman
"Four Stars! A sumptuous masterpiece by one of the greatest moviemakers of all time." --V.A. Musetto, NY Post
"A death-haunted masterpiece. Tarr s most fully achieved, challenging movie since his 1994 epic Sátántangó. --J. Hoberman, Village Voice
Top Customer Reviews
It is not an easy film to view for audiences accustomed to more traditional narrative structure. Indeed, there is nothing that even resembles a conversation in the film until well over an hour and fifteen minutes into its running time.Read more ›
That comment by the extraordinary Hungarian filmmaker neatly sums up this magnificent, if challenging, film. As with all filmmakers of Mr. Tarr's caliber, the film works in many different levels and has many different layers of meaning.
However, and taking Mr. Tarr's comments as an illuminating starting point, rarely, maybe never before, has the cinema focused so intensely on the harrowing, soul crushing, involuntarily heroic aspects of physical work, and in this case, physical work connected to actual survival.
In an isolated farm, an old man, his daughter and a horse face the elements, starvation, and what for viewers would definitely be a soul crushing routine. And yet in facing this apparently dreary existence Tarr's character achieve a sense of grace, including the aforementioned horse, who simply can not move anymore; they are not heroic, we don't know if they are spiritual, we just know that for them life has always been this way and will continue to be this way, if they make it to the next day.
In this sense, this film has a touch of the eternal in it, and while watching it is impossible not to think of the hundreds of millions of lives which have been lived like this throughout history in all the world, and some which continue to be lived this way. It is striking that the lives of the father and the daughter are in some ways identical in their barreness to that of the horse, with the primary goal being survival.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beginning with a description of the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche sobbing as he threw his arms around a horse to save it from a whipping, the film moves to the stark image of... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Larry Benjamin
A very difficult film to watch for the restless, The Turin Horse is an unflinching look at the life of a farmer and his daughter in the late 1800’s. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Troy Greer
The Turin Horse moves through six days time at a largo pace; the subject is burdensome. The shots are set up and progress very well. Read morePublished 9 months ago by rbrogan3
Bela Tarr's 2011 uncompromising masterpiece The Turin Horse is a hugely challenging, devastatingly beautiful and highly rewarding meditation on the end of the world. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Film Buff
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