The Man From London
(A Londoni férfi)

Screening on Film
Directed by Béla Tarr.
With Miroslav Krobot, Tilda Swinton, Ági Szirtes.
France/Germany/Hungary, 2007, 35mm, black & white, 139 min.
Hungarian with English subtitles.

Woefully misunderstood and obscured in the storm cloud of controversy that surrounded its difficult production, Tarr and Krasznahorkai’s George Simenon adaptation nevertheless occupies a central piece in his complex oeuvre. Tarr’s heightened attention to surface, textures and the organic details of environment take on new, almost metaphysical, dimensions in the context of the policier in which all places become potential crime scenes, all objects tinged with the aura of evidence. In its brilliantly choreographed and breathtaking extended opening shot, Tarr immediately challenges the viewer to become a detective observing an obscure crime that unfolds in a dockyard at night, under the watchful eye of a mysterious and potently cinematic lighthouse. – HG

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