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      The Man From London

      2007 2 hr. 12 min. Crime Drama Mystery & Thriller List
      63% 35 Reviews Tomatometer 61% 500+ Ratings Audience Score A switchman at a seaside railway witnesses a murder but does not report it after he finds a suitcase full of money at the scene of the crime. Read More Read Less

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      This dark, demanding film from art-house favorite Bela Tarr is by no means a typical crime procedural, but patient viewers will find much to admire.

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      dave s Like cilantro or anchovies, the films of Hungarian director Bela Tarr are an acquired taste and The Man from London is no exception. Tarr's trademark are his lengthy, meticulously planned long takes, some so intensely immersive that when the shot ends, the cut is almost like a jump scare. The visuals in The Man from London are spectacular, with long tracking and crane shots, almost imperceptible slow zooms, and atmospheric lighting creating a tangible sense of dread. The film is hindered by some truly horrible dubbing and an almost non-existent, razor-thin plot, but this is not a movie about dialogue or storylines – it is a film about the art of cinema. Many will hate the languid pace and despise what may be perceived to be artistic pretensions – others will embrace the cinematic artistry. Watch it and judge for yourself. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review andrey k A Bela Tarr picture doesn't need a plot, his films are always a natural flow of narrative, at times it even seems that there's no editing. Director doesn't intrude into the life he is shooting. I can't imagine how much work is behind those meticulously orchestrated long shots and careful direction. The mood in the film is tremendous and the soundtrack helps a lot in creating it; also the location, the port city, plays a big role. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member One of Bela Tarr's more accessible efforts might still be too tedious for many viewers. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Tarr's work has been influential in my life for sometime. This film contains all of the staples of Tarr's work (long takes, b&w cinematography, etc). However, this one is probably my least favorite of Tarr's films, because of uninteresting and overly vague characters, and probably the film is a bit too long. The poor dubbing doesn't help either. The film itself had issues with financing and production which could explain the final product Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member A very old school way of Cinematic style. And I didn't quite like it. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member For a filmmaker who is so obsessed with aesthetic rigor, it is strange that Tárr doesn't seem to mind about all that horrible, fake-looking dubbing, yet still this is an evocative film (albeit repetitive and not so well finished) that makes beautiful use of strong black and white contrasts. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Chris Chang Film Comment Magazine The camera is quintessential Tarr: hovering in anticipation of things that won't happen, tracking like a private eye tailing a perp, and imbuing the black-and-white image with a caustic malaise no other director comes near to achieving. Jun 17, 2013 Full Review Michael Brooke Sight & Sound The mere fact of Hungarian auteur Bla Tarr continuing to direct films without making the smallest concession to popular fashion is a cause for celebration. Aug 29, 2010 Full Review Larushka Ivan-Zadeh Metro Newspaper (UK) Survive the opening five minutes of his realist/fabulist noir - an unrelentingly slow pan up the side of an industrial ship - without chewing your seat or howling and you'll find plenty to stroke your chin over. Rated: 3/5 Dec 12, 2008 Full Review Yasser Medina Cinefilia Tarr arrange the contemplative pace with a refined aesthetic that, in its formal register, drives oppressive atmospheres and a gloomy existentialism, but whose narrative core weakens the experience with one-dimensional characters. [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 6/10 Apr 8, 2024 Full Review Martin Tsai New York Sun Tarr makes it easy for viewers to get lost in his beautifully bleak world and lose track of time, but the subject of guilt that so dominates this film seems relatively minor compared with the director’s usual preoccupation with the eclipse of humanity. Apr 22, 2023 Full Review David Walsh World Socialist Web Site Characters move and talk in slow motion, to no particular effect. If the approach is aimed at getting beneath the surface of reality, it fails. Feb 13, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis A switchman at a seaside railway witnesses a murder but does not report it after he finds a suitcase full of money at the scene of the crime.
      Director
      Béla Tarr, Ágnes Hranitzky
      Executive Producer
      Wouter Barendrecht, Juliusz Kossakowski, Michael J. Werner, János Hevesi T., Lajos Szakácsi
      Screenwriter
      Béla Tarr, Laszlo Krasznahorkai
      Genre
      Crime, Drama, Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      Hungarian
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 10, 2017
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