MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 3,677 this week

Ulysses' Gaze (1995)
"To vlemma tou Odyssea" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Drama, War  |  1 November 1997 (USA)
7.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 4,223 users  
Reviews: 50 user | 24 critic

A, a Greek filmmaker living in exile in the United States, returns to his native Ptolemas to attend a special screening of one of his extremely controversial films. But A's real interest ... See full summary »

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Family Entertainment Guide

Check out IMDb's comprehensive Family Entertainment Guide for recommendations for movies and TV series for every age and every viewing platform.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

vhs
a list of 47 titles
created 25 Mar 2012
 
a list of 31 titles
created 24 Apr 2013
 
a list of 41 titles
created 21 Mar 2014
 
a list of 23 titles
created 22 May 2014
 
a list of 33 titles
created 11 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Ulysses' Gaze" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Ulysses' Gaze (1995)

Ulysses' Gaze (1995) on IMDb 7.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Ulysses' Gaze.

User Polls

10 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A woman murders her husband, upon his return home after a long absence, with the complicity of the lover who has relieved her loneliness. Costas Ghoussis, an emigrant recently returned to ... See full summary »

Director: Theodoros Angelopoulos
Stars: Toula Stathopoulou, Yannis Totsikas, Thanos Grammenos
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

This is the first film of Theo Angelopoulos' trilogy. The story starts in 1919 with some greek refugees from Odessa arriving somewhere near Thessaloniki. Among these people are two small ... See full summary »

Director: Theodoros Angelopoulos
Stars: Alexandra Aidini, Nikos Poursanidis, Giorgos Armenis
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Famous writer Alexander is very ill and has little time left to live. He meets a little boy on the street, who is an illegal immigrant from Albania, and goes on a journey with him to take the boy home.

Director: Theodoros Angelopoulos
Stars: Bruno Ganz, Isabelle Renauld, Fabrizio Bentivoglio
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Road movie about two children (Voula and Alexandre) searching for their father who is supposed to live in Germany. Their obsession for this father figure will take them to the boundaries ... See full summary »

Director: Theodoros Angelopoulos
Stars: Michalis Zeke, Tania Palaiologou, Stratos Tzortzoglou
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A, an American film director of Greek ancestry, is making a film that tells his story and the story of his parents. It is a tale that unfolds in Italy, Germany, Russia, Kazakhstan, Canada ... See full summary »

Director: Theodoros Angelopoulos
Stars: Willem Dafoe, Bruno Ganz, Michel Piccoli
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Greece 1939 - 1952 Fascist, Nazi, Communist conflict as seen through a family of travelling provincial players

Director: Theodoros Angelopoulos
Stars: Eva Kotamanidou, Aliki Georgouli, Vangelis Kazan
Nostalgia (1983)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The Russian poet Andrei Gorchakov, accompanied by guide and translator Eugenia, is traveling through Italy researching the life of an 18th-century Russian composer. In an ancient spa town, ... See full summary »

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky
Stars: Oleg Yankovskiy, Erland Josephson, Domiziana Giordano
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

An anthology film following different stories around the theme of invisibility in the modern world.

Directors: Theodoros Angelopoulos, Gian Vittorio Baldi, and 10 more credits »
Stars: Jupiter Apple, Gian Vittorio Baldi, Sonia Braga
Forminx Story (1965)
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Directors: Kostas Lyhnaras, Theodoros Angelopoulos
Stars: Forminx, Hronis Exarhakos, Christos Doxaras
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Alexandre, a TV reporter, is working for a few days in a border town, where a lot of refugees from Albania, Turkey and Kurdistan are packed in. Among them, he notices an old man and thinks ... See full summary »

Director: Theodoros Angelopoulos
Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Jeanne Moreau, Gregory Patrikareas
Broadcast (1968)
Short | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Theodoros Angelopoulos
Stars: Theodoros Katsadramis, Lina Triantafillou, Yannis Kostoglou
The Beekeeper (1986)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A bee keeper, Spiros, travels from the north to the south of Greece with his bees to meet the spring.

Director: Theodoros Angelopoulos
Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Nadia Mourouzi, Serge Reggiani
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
A
...
S., Film Museum Curator
...
Ulysses' Wife
Thanasis Vengos ...
Taxi Driver
Giorgos Mihalakopoulos ...
Friend and Journalist
Costas Santas
Dora Volanaki ...
Old Woman
Mania Papadimitriou
Giorgos Konstas
Thanos Grammenos
Alekos Oudinotis
Angel Ivanof
Ljuba Tadic
Vaggelis Liodakis
Gert Llanaj
Edit

Storyline

A, a Greek filmmaker living in exile in the United States, returns to his native Ptolemas to attend a special screening of one of his extremely controversial films. But A's real interest lies elsewhere--the mythical reels of the very first film shot by the Manakia brothers, who, at the dawn of the age of cinema, tirelessly criss-crossed the Balkans and, without regard for national and ethnic strife, recorded the region's history and customs. Did these primitive, never-developed images really exist? If so, where are they? - "Why A? It's an alphabetical choice. Every filmmaker remembers the first time he looked through the viewfinder of a camera. It is a moment that is not so much the discovery of cinema--but the discovery of the world. But there comes a moment when the filmmaker begins to doubt his own capacity to see things, when he no longer knows if his gaze is right and innocent." --Theo Angelopoulos Written by Frank Wallner <wallnerf@informatik.tu-muenchen.de>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Release Date:

1 November 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ulysses' Gaze  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Gross:

$42,202 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

| (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Part II of "A Trilogy of Borders". See more »

Quotes

Niko: The first thing God created was the journey, then came doubt, and nostalgia.
See more »

Connections

References Carmen Jones (1954) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Nice
9 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

I think this is the good movie and that Angelopoulos was right on target when he showed his disappointment for not winning the Golden Palm during the 1995 Cannes Film Festival.

Not that the "Underground" was a bad movie. But the Gaze is better. The Gaze touches the source of the problem in the Balkan region. Balkans is a very beautiful region with wonderful landscapes and people with long history. There is where the problem is. There is too much history in the Balkans. Too many cultures, too many religions and too many political conflicts. The lost innocence of the Balkans, which the hero, the director "A" is looking for throughout the movie, is offered to the viewer through the movie's wonderful cinematography. There you see the best of Northern Greece, Macedonia, Albania, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania. Many cities have different names in different languages. Many people fight with each other too. What remains in the end is the bitter-sweat taste of a region where virtue and malice go hand in hand.

One final remark. I agree with many critics who pointed out that the movie has some technical flaws, including its extremely slow pacing. Yes the movie could have been faster a.s.o. But hey, have you ever seen a better "glance" of the lost innocence of the Balkans?

People who have visited or lived in this region can surely appreciate this motion picture even more.


7 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
this is a *beep*ing boring film jordimal
is Theo the most pretentious director in the world?? juan-hb
Military Tune freakjam
The Girl??, Please Help!!! kaitie-may
The white ship Tumult_inc
Discuss Ulysses' Gaze (1995) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?