Theo Angelopoulos

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Just saw Eternity and a Day and...damn! Films like these are what I'm willing to slog through the trough of culture for.

This was my first Angelopoulos - where should I go from here? I have a lot of his stuff on my list, but I don't know if I should go in any particular order. Furthermore, I hear that a lot of his stuff is hard to find. Is this true?

Girolamo Savonarola, Wednesday, 17 March 2004 00:48 (fifteen years ago) link

Landscape in the Mist haunted me for a long time (still haunts me!)

i havent seen it in a while tho, my taste has changed a lot since then. but i still remember it pretty strongly. it's one of those films where every scene is so highly emotionally charged but presented in a seemingly distant and detached manner that only serves it make it that much more devastating when it hits you.

ryan (ryan), Wednesday, 17 March 2004 01:07 (fifteen years ago) link

that's all i've seen tho! so i will watch this thread with interest as well.

ryan (ryan), Wednesday, 17 March 2004 01:08 (fifteen years ago) link

one month passes...
"Ulysses' Gaze" is fantastic -- a haunting meditation on the Balkans in the '90's, mythic consciousness, and resonant memory.

Nom De Plume (Nom De Plume), Saturday, 1 May 2004 00:05 (fifteen years ago) link

dont know what i think of ulysses gaze but

- landscape in the mist
- the suspended step of the stork
- voyage to cythera

are all among the great films of the past 20 years

the final shot of 'stork' is breathtaking

amateur!st (amateurist), Sunday, 2 May 2004 01:32 (fifteen years ago) link

actually the whole film is breathtaking

i will try to say more soon

amateur!st (amateurist), Sunday, 2 May 2004 01:34 (fifteen years ago) link

three weeks pass...

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Monday, 24 May 2004 16:45 (fifteen years ago) link

Talked to Patrice Leconte a little today, and he totally dissed TA, although his translator independently noted that Leconte should make his films at least three hours long so that they always have enough time to actually finish eating dinner between the start and end of the show. Hope that was worth imparting.

Girolamo Savonarola, Monday, 24 May 2004 21:42 (fifteen years ago) link

seven years pass...

omg :(((

i haven't seen this guy's stuff - he's just always on my list, because i like others in his ballpark - but there's a long piece in the new S&S, coinciding with the long-belated release of his films on dvd, ready for reappraisal. awful.

quick brown fox triangle (schlump), Wednesday, 25 January 2012 01:08 (seven years ago) link


i've only seen "landscape" so far but thought it was excellent — gonna finally watch "ulysses's gaze" next in memoriam

tanuki, Thursday, 26 January 2012 05:13 (seven years ago) link

four years pass...

complete NYC retro

damn, such long films, and i am so sleep-fuct on the weekends

helpless before THRILLARY (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 6 July 2016 18:33 (three years ago) link

I saw The Travelling Players yesterday at MOMI, and while his aesthetic is not custom-built for my wavelength, I did like it a lot more than U's Gaze 20 years ago. I don't understand people who find it "impenetrable"; I'm not an expert in either 20th-century Greek history or the Oresteia, but the little I know was enough to get by. (Obviously a lot of nuances will bypass most non-Greek audiences.)


helpless before THRILLARY (Dr Morbius), Monday, 11 July 2016 15:04 (three years ago) link

The Travelling Players defeated me when I tried to watch it once at home - I just couldn't really adjust to the way that the film switched between different eras, sometimes even in the same shot. Hope to return to it one day.

Foster Twelvetrees (Ward Fowler), Monday, 11 July 2016 15:11 (three years ago) link

I can imagine it being much more difficult on a non-theater screen...

helpless before THRILLARY (Dr Morbius), Monday, 11 July 2016 15:23 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

The Travelling Players, purely for its atmosphere and dignity may be one of the greatest films ever. It also looks and feels beautiful and strong. But the pace is murder. And you have to allows for shots of facades and interiors of buildings - which stand for historical time - to be substituted for the standard human drama of most film.

glumdalclitch, Friday, 21 July 2017 23:32 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

The Hunters, the next film in the trilogy, is, in comparison, a grim black comedy, where a corpse stands for Greek society, or at least its ideals. Some very funny scenes in this, but the next moment you're reminded of the insane historical import of them - like the new prime minister being selected by draping a robe over his naked torso, in a parody of investiture, by some conspirators.

glumdalclitch, Wednesday, 9 August 2017 16:49 (two years ago) link

These films are a great crash course in 20c Greek history too, from a defiantly biased leftwing perspective.

glumdalclitch, Wednesday, 9 August 2017 19:22 (two years ago) link

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