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László Krasznahorkai (#110 of 3)

On the Circuit: The Man From London

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On the Circuit: <em>The Man From London</em>
On the Circuit: <em>The Man From London</em>

With apologies to Harry Nilsson, everybody’s talking ’bout the bravura second sequence of Béla Tarr’s The Man From London (in which the perpetually scowling port worker Maloin (Miroslav Krobot) observes the supposedly clandestine transfer of a briefcase full of British pounds) while passing over its no less stunning first (a slow pan up the hull of a ship to a lonesome, abandoned prow). The emptiness of the image (devoid of emotion, if not of meaning) is telling—it resembles nothing so much as a bare stage, awaiting an inevitable drama of which Maloin is the moral crux.