Almanac of Fall

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Almanac of Fall
Almanac of Fall DVD cover.jpg
DVD cover
Directed byBéla Tarr
Written byBéla Tarr
StarringHédi Temessy, Erika Bodnár, Miklós B. Székely
CinematographyBuda Gulyás, Sándor Kardos & Ferenc Pap
Edited byÁgnes Hranitzky
Music byMihály Vig
Release date
  • 17 January 1985 (1985-01-17)
[citation needed]
Running time
119 minutes

Almanac of Fall (Hungarian: Öszi almanach) is a 1984 Hungarian film directed by Béla Tarr.[1]


In a grim, claustrophobic apartment owned by a rich elderly woman, the inhabitants desperately try to relate to each other as they go about their bleak lives revealing their darkest secrets, fears, obsessions and hostilities. They include besides her, her son, her nurse, her nurse's discontented lover, and a new lodger.[2]


Almanac of Fall continues to receive positive reviews from critics, mainly for its cinematography. Rotten Tomatoes reports 100% approval among six critics, with an average rating of 8.1/10.[3] Jonathan Rosenbaum of the Chicago Reader lauded the film's "elaborately choreographed mise en scene" and "highly unorthodox angles,"[4] while a review in Strictly Film School argues, "Tarr [...] uses highly stylized, artificially colored lighting, rigorous (and deliberate) formalism, minimalist setting, and protracted dialogue to create an atmospherically charged and disquieting environment."[5]

Almanac of Fall has since come to be regarded as a decisive moment in Tarr's filmography, in which he abandoned the documentary-like realism of his early work and adopted a formal style of cinematography. "This is the turning point for Béla Tarr, leaving social realism behind to step into the existential abyss," wrote Jeremiah Kipp reviewing the film for Slant magazine.[6] Jeremy Heilman of Movie Martyr called it "Tarr's first feature that could be described as the work of a formalist" and noted retrospectively that the film "offers a first sign of the hint of supernatural control that would continue to crop up in each of Tarr's subsequent features."[7]



  1. ^ "10 great films set in one location". BFI. Retrieved 18 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Almanac of Fall". IMDB. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Almanac of Fall (1984) on RT". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved July 15, 2015.
  4. ^ Jonathan Rosenbaum. "Fim Search". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Almanac of Fall". Strictly Film School. Archived from the original on 2012-01-18. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  6. ^ Jeremiha Kipp (28 June 2006). "Almanac of Fall". Slant. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  7. ^ Jeremy Heilman (17 March 2003). "Almanac of Fall (Bela Tarr, 1984)". Movie Martyr. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  8. ^ András Bálint Kovács (26 March 2013). The Cinema of Béla Tarr: The Circle Closes. Columbia University Press. pp. 178–. ISBN 978-0-231-85037-7.

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