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May 3, 2012 10:15 pm
The Cinefamily
611 N Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90036, United States
The Turin Horse

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The Turin Horse¬†is a 2011 Hungarian drama film directed by¬†B√©la Tarr¬†and¬†√Āgnes Hranitzky, starring J√°nos Derzsi, Erika B√≥k and Mih√°ly Kormos. It was co-written by Tarr and his frequent collaborator¬†L√°szl√≥ Krasznahorkai. It recalls the whipping of a horse in the Italian city¬†Turin¬†which is rumoured to have caused the mental breakdown of philosopher¬†Friedrich Nietzsche.¬†”In¬†Turin¬†on 3rd January, 1889,¬†Friedrich Nietzsche¬†steps out of the doorway of number six, Via Carlo Albert. Not far from him, the driver of a hansom cab is having trouble with a stubborn horse. Despite all his urging, the horse refuses to move, whereupon the driver loses his patience and takes his whip to it. Nietzsche comes up to the throng and puts an end to the brutal scene, throwing his arms around the horse‚Äôs neck, sobbing. His landlord takes him home, he lies motionless and silent for two days on a divan until he mutters the obligatory last words, and lives for another ten years, silent and demented, cared for by his mother and sisters. We do not know what happened to the horse.‚Ä̬†These are B√©la Tarr‚Äôs introductory words at the beginning of his film, which picks up the narrative immediately after these events, and is a meticulous description of the life of the driver of the hansom cab, his daughter and the horse.¬†(10:15PM)

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