Films By Theo Angelopoulos

Theo Angelopoulos' new film comes to us laden with international awards and honors. Its first screening at the 1980 Venice Festival threw almost the entire remaining offerings into sharp relief. Its sheer size and length demanded attention and as a film it proved riveting and engrossing. ... John Francis Lane wrote about it in the Rome International Daily News as follows: ... "The art of the film,... Read more
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 history of his native country, his style still wedded to measured and complex long takes, his structure here is nevertheless simpler in form. The latter part of the film, in particular, is imbued with a... Read more
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 the... Read more
Angelopoulos' first feature, shot in just 27 days in the tiny village of Thalia with a crew of five and a budget of just over US$10,000. Though lacking the pictorial elegance of his sub­sequent work, many of his later themes are already evident in this account of the murder of a Greek worker by his wife and her lover. The pair falsify evidence of the husband's return to Germany, but arouse the sus... Read more
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 broken, disappointed man. Almost entirely absent, too, are the intricate, lengthy shot: composed by the director and his brilliant cinematographer Giorgos Arvanitis. There are certainly plenty of long tak... Read more
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 Northern Greece finds a body in the snow It is perfectly preserved, although the young man was a partisan, killed in the Civil War almost twenty years before. The body is brought to a hotel and the pol... Read more
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 traverses the countryside, performing their play, 'Golfo the Shepherdess'. Everywhere they go, they set up their back-cloth, on which straggly sheep graze by a stream, and they attempt to carry through a perf... Read more
A response, both to the 1995 centenary of cin­ema, and to the conflict in the former Yugoslavia, Angelopoulos' most recent film (which earned him the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes) describes the journey of A. (Keitel), a Greek-born filmmaker, working in the United States, who returns to his hometown after an absence of 35 years, ostensibly for a screening of his latest film. In fact, like so many Ang... Read more
After more than three decades' exile in the Soviet Union, a declaration of political amnesty means that Spyros, an elderly Commu­nist rebel, can at last return to his homeland. Yet in doing so. he finds himself as much an out­sider as ever, deeply at odds with the post-junta culture. Reunited with his damaged, long-suffer­ing wife, denounced by his neighbours and for­mer comrades, he witnesses the... Read more
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