A study of Béla Tarr’s film aesthetics based on Heidegger’s phenomenology / Fauzi Naeim Mohamed

Fauzi Naeim , Mohamed (2017) A study of Béla Tarr’s film aesthetics based on Heidegger’s phenomenology / Fauzi Naeim Mohamed. PhD thesis, University of Malaya.

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      Béla Tarr is one of the most renowned filmmaker today who is famous for his long take aesthetics. All of his films display acute sense of societal alienation, bleak landscapes and temporal oppression. This dissertation analyzes Tarr’s later films [comprising from Damnation (1988), Sátántangó (1994), Werckmeister Harmonies (2000), The Man from London (2007) and A Turin Horse (2011)] according to Heideggerian phenomenology. Martin Heidegger (1889-1976), a German philosopher, is famed for his study of the ontology of Being (Sein) in Being and Time (Sein und Zeit, 1927/1962). His ideas on Dasein (Being-there), is considered as a groundbreaking contribution in hermeneutic phenomenology. This dissertation elaborate on Béla Tarr’s aesthetics from the analysis of Heidegger’s later works; interrogating the phenomenology of lingering shot, art and truth in film, the mode of nothingness, cinematic boredom, dwelling in cinema, metaphysics of nihilism and essence of Being. This dissertation argue that Béla Tarr’s long take discloses the essence of Being, which runs parallel to Heidegger’s quest in understanding the essence of Being in his philosophy, which asks for a thoughtful retrospection of the meaning of existence. The dissertation conclude that Béla Tarr’s long take films offer distinctive ways to thinking and contemplating Being.

      Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
      Additional Information: Thesis (PhD) – Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya, 2017.
      Uncontrolled Keywords: Béla Tarr; Filmmaker; Phenomenology of lingering shot; Societal alienation; Bleak landscapes; Temporal oppression
      Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
      Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
      Depositing User: Mr Mohd Safri Tahir
      Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2017 15:10
      Last Modified: 30 Nov 2017 15:13
      URI: http://studentsrepo.um.edu.my/id/eprint/7953

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