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Special Events: Summer 2016
Béla Tarr’s Macbeth followed by The Day Before the End

September 25 at 4:00
East Building Auditorium

Béla Tarr’s television play, a rarely revived tour de force of staging and bold mise en scène, was filmed in color inside a Budapest castle — a cavernous edifice used metaphorically to suggest the interior of Macbeth’s (György Cserhalmi) mind. The entire play was filmed in a single take. Radical use of the facial close-up distinguishes the work from any other Macbeth in the history of the cinema and dramatizes the play’s theme of the duality of human nature. (Béla Tarr, 1982, video, 70 minutes)

In The Day Before the End (Ang a raw bago ang wakas), a new work from celebrated Filipino independent Lav Diaz, the Philippines is bracing for the fiercest rain storm ever to strike the country. The year is 2050. As wind and water begin to rage, young would-be bards take to the streets, mumbling passages from Shakespeare long committed to memory. (Lav Diaz, 2016, 16 minutes)

courtesy Magyar Filmunió, Hungary

Film Programs

The National Gallery of Art’s film program provides many opportunities throughout the year to view classic and contemporary cinema from around the world. 

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