Thursday, 21 March 2013


Comparing and mapping the camera choreography in:

'The Red and the White' Miklós Jancsó 1968 


'The Turin Horse' Bela Tarr 2011

'Miklos Jancso uses the real-time long take to create an abstract spectacle of human cruelty as a function of time and space. Bela Tarr uses it to convey the palpable sensations of a lived experience, one of harsh, grueling exertion. Like the Jancsó scene, there’s a pendulum-like rhythm to the camera movement as it moves back and both between two poles of activity. Like Jancsó, though to a lesser degree, Tarr is able to use off-screen space to economize activity: Notice how by the time the camera returns to the house, the woman has almost finished packing the wagon'.

A very clear explanation of how a rich, complex and articulate scene can be made lucid by extremely coherent planning of the focal length, rotation and x, y co-ordinates of the camera.

See video link towards the end of the article.