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LANDSCAPE IN THE MIST

Greece, 1988 (MIFF 1997, Mediterranean Masterpieces - The Films of Theo Angelopoulos)

Director: Theo Angelopoulos

Two children, a girl and boy, wander the high­ways of northern Greece, searching for the father who has abandoned them, trying to reach a Greco-Germanic border that doesn't even exist. The viewer soon discovers that there is no such father, that their journey is, as the director has pointed out, merely a narrative conceit, as symbolic as the dreamlike, slightly surreal land­scape through which they move: "It is the initia­tion into life. On the road they learn everything - love and death, lies and truth. The voyage is sim­ply a way to focus on what life gives us all.'

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ALEXANDER THE GREAT

Greece, 1980
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JOURNEY TO CYTHERA

Greece/Italy/UK/West Germany, 1984
The latest film from the great maverick of Greek cinema is both an affirmation of his tremendous talent and a marked development in his career. Still passionately concerned with the socio-political h… More »

THE BEE KEEPER

Greece/France/Italy, 1986
The political themes that have dominated the films of Theo Angelopoulos thus far are shunted aside in The Bee Keeper, a haunting, demanding impressive picture about the last days in the life of a bro… More »

THE TRAVELLING PLAYERS

Greece, 1975
Running for four hours, The Travelling Players traces the history of Greece from 1936 to 1952. The film begins and ends during an election campaign in 1952. A small group of strolling players travers… More »

THE HUNTERS

Greece, 1977
The new film by Angelopoulos is not so much a sequel to The Travelling Players, as a similar formal dramatization of the years 1949 to 1976 in Greece. ... On New Year's Eve, 1976, a hunting party in … More »

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