By Andrew Horton
Greek movie director Theo Angelopoulos is without doubt one of the so much influential and extensively revered filmmakers on the planet this day, but his movies are nonetheless mostly unknown to the yankee public. within the first booklet in English to target Angelopoulos's certain cinematic imaginative and prescient, Andrew Horton offers an illuminating contextual learn that makes an attempt to illustrate the quintessentially Greek nature of the director's paintings. Horton situates the director within the context of over 3,000 years of Greek tradition and heritage. a bit of like Andrei Tarkovsky in Russia or Antonioni in Italy, Angelopoulos has used cinema to discover the background and person identities of his tradition. With such far-reaching affects as Greek fantasy, old tragedy and epic, Byzantine iconography and rite, Greek and Balkan historical past, sleek Greek popular culture together with bouzouki track, shadow puppet theater, and the Greek song corridor culture, Angelopoulos emerges as an unique "thinker" with the digital camera, and a particular director who's absolute to make an enduring contribution to the artwork form.
In a sequence of flicks together with The traveling Players, Voyage to Cythera, Landscape within the Mist, The Suspended Step of the Stork, and so much lately in Ulysses' Gaze starring Harvey Keitel (winner of the 1995 Cannes movie competition Grand Prix), Angelopoulos has constructed a extraordinary cinematic variety, characterised via rigorously composed scenes and a tremendous variety of prolonged lengthy pictures. In an age of ever reducing awareness spans, Angelopoulos bargains a cinema of contemplation.
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