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The Greek Waste Land: Close-Up on Theo Angelopoulos

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Close-Up is a column that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Theo Angelopoulos's Ulysses' Gaze (1995) is showing April 27 - May 27 and Landscape in the Mist (1988) is showing April 28 - May 28, 2017 in the United States.Landscape in the Mist“We Greeks are dying people. We've completed our appointed cycle. Three thousand years among broken stones and statues, and now we are dying.”—Taxi driver, Ulysses’ GazeIt seems that no essay on the films of Theodoros Angelopoulos can neglect to mention that, despite being recognized as one of cinema’s masters in Europe, he has repeatedly failed to cross over to the United States. A retrospective at the Museum of the Modern Art in 1990, a Grand Prix at Cannes Ulysses’ Gaze in 1995, a Palme d’Or for Eternity and a Day in 1998, and, most recently, a complete 35mm retrospective at the Museum of the Moving Image and Harvard Film Archive
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Review: Chevalier

This is the Pure Movies review of Chevalier, directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari and starring Vangelis Mourikis, Nikos Orphanos and Yorgos Pirpassopoulos. Written by Dr. Garth Twa. Greece is renowned for many things: it is the land of myth, of Dionysian revels, of octopuses hung like pantyhose on clotheslines to dry. It is the land of our first storytelling, birthplace of epics, of comedies, of tragedies; but not, until now, cinematic stories. As a film industry, there hasn’t been much to talk about except, of course, the exceptions, like Theodoros Angelopolous (Ulysses’ Gaze, 1995, Eternity and a Day, 1998—both won big at Cannes) and Costa-Gavras, who, really, made American movies, like Missing (1982) with Jack Lemmon, or Mad City (1997) with John Travolta, or French movies like Z (1969). ‘Greek’ films like Never On a Sunday (Jules Dassin, 1960) and Zorba the Greek (Michael Cacoyannis, 1964) were Greek fetishisation made palatable to tourists by having non-Greek lead actors being swarthy.
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Persistence of Vision: The Cinema of Theodoros Angelopoulos

Theodoros AngelopoulosSo consistent was the vision of Theodoros Angelopoulos that nearly any of his films could stand as a leading representative work. When viewing all 13 of his features within a condensed period of time—an extraordinary opportunity to be offered by New York's Museum of the Moving Image July 8 - 24—one sees just how exceptional Angelopoulos’ filmography is, and how each title is an emblematic entry in the late Greek director’s catalog of persistent themes, tonal frequencies, plot points, and, perhaps most indelibly, sheer visual boldness.Landscape in the Mist (1988)IMAGESIt is in this last regard that Angelopoulos instantly and emphatically impresses. His cinema is punctuated by a remarkable succession of single images that linger long after the film has concluded, often retaining in the viewer’s consciousness more than an overall story or specific characters. Silhouetted bodies on a fog-shrouded border fence in Eternity and a Day (1998); a
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Watch: ‘Eternity and History’ Trailer: First U.S. Retrospective of Theo Angelopoulos’ Films In 25 Years

Watch: ‘Eternity and History’ Trailer: First U.S. Retrospective of Theo Angelopoulos’ Films In 25 Years
Filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos was one of the most widely acclaimed international art film directors of the 20th century, specializing in poetic, political films about contemporary Greece. Now, the Museum of Moving Image in New York will run a complete retrospective of Angelopoulos’ career, the first of its kind in the United States in 25 years. See the trailer for the series below.

Read More: NYC: Sidney Poitier Retrospective at Museum of the Moving Image Kicks Off This Weekend (April 9-17)

Chief Curator David Schwartz says that “as a new generation of Greek filmmakers, including Yorgos Lanthimos and Athina Rachel Tsangari, have reached international prominence, the time is ripe to see Angelopoulos anew, as cinema that reflects on the past while foretelling the turbulent world we are now living in.”

Some of the film in the series include his 1986 breakthrough work “Landscape in the Mist,” about two siblings traveling on their own
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Only Lovers Left Alive | Review

Eternity and a Day: Jim Jarmusch’s Vampire Flick Is Typically Jarmuschian

After his droll yet audience-friendly quirkfest Broken Flowers took home the Grand Prix at Cannes ’05 hit, Jim Jarmusch returns to the Croisette (after his sharply divisive The Limits of Control eluded the festival circuit) with another quintessentially Jarmuschian affair – this time about vampires. Typically shapeless, loquacious, and deeply concerned with artifacts of yester-generations’ hip kids (viz., wicked guitars and an eclectic record collection), this notably un-horrific take on the genre comes on the heels of Amy Heckerling’s under-appreciated comedy Vamps to form a unique diptych of films more concerned with certain basic ideas of immortality than in generating jump scares.

Featuring a pair of rather sophisticated undead named Adam and Eve (Tim Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton), the Detroit-set Only Lovers Left Alive is propelled, ever so deliberately, by the two leads’ recollections and souvenirs, their personal
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The Best of the 2014 Berlin Film Festival

The Best of the 2014 Berlin Film Festival
Scott Foundas: Well, Peter, another film festival draws to a close. It seems we were only just at Sundance, and now Berlin is but a memory. Time goes by so quickly…why, it’s almost like being one of the characters in Richard Linklater’s widely admired “Boyhood,” who age a dozen years in the course of two-and-a-half-hours of screen time. On the other hand, in Berlin’s Greek competition film, “Stratos,” a relatively short amount of time passes for the characters, but the movie itself creeps along so slowly that watching it calls to mind the title of a far better Greek film by the late master Theo Angelopoulos: “Eternity and a Day.”

Meanwhile, over in the parallel festival section known as the Forum, the international press finally got its long-overdue chance to see Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s terrific “Snowpiercer,” which opened in Korea last summer
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Simone Massi Designs Venice Biennale Poster, Inspired by Fellini and Angelopoulos (Video)

Simone Massi Designs Venice Biennale Poster, Inspired by Fellini and Angelopoulos (Video)
Animator/illustrator Simone Massi's poster for the 70th Venice International Film Festival, which is held at the Lido from August 28 to September 7, is inspired by the cinema of Theo Angelopoulos and Federico Fellini. The festival is directed by Alberto Barbera and organized by the Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta. Massi's poster recalls a frame from Angelopoulos' "Eternity and a Day" (1998), starring Bruno Ganz, as a man seen from behind waves his arms at a boat which, in the distance, is carrying a child and a rhinoceros. The image also makes a tongue-in-cheek reference to last year’s poster (which was inspired by Federico Fellini’s 1983 film, "And the Ship Sails On") and thus marks both continuity and a break with the past. Once again, the coordinated visual identity and image of the Venice Film Festival were given to Milan's Studio Graph.X, based on the drawings by Massi.
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Tonino Guerra, 1920 - 2012

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"Tonino Guerra, the poet and screenwriter from Emilia-Romagna who has worked with so many directors, died this morning," reports Camillo de Marco at Cineuropa. "He had turned 92 on March 16."

Even the honed-down list at Wikipedia of directors for whom Guerra wrote is rather astounding: "Michelangelo Antonioni with L'avventura, La notte, L'eclisse, Red Desert, Blow-Up, Zabriskie Point and Identification of a Woman, Federico Fellini with Amarcord, Theo Angelopoulos with Landscape in the Mist, Eternity and a Day and The Weeping Meadow, Andrei Tarkovsky with Nostalghia and Francesco Rosi with the militant politics of The Mattei Affair, Lucky Luciano and Illustrious Corpses."

All in all, he wrote more than 100 screenplays, was nominated for an Oscar three times (for Casanova '70, Blow-Up and Amarcord), won Best Screenplay at Cannes (for Angelopoulos's Voyage to Cythera) and the Pietro Bianchi Award at Venice, among many other prizes.

The Golden Apricot Film Festival Board has issued
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Tonino Guerra obituary

Screenwriter and poet who co-scripted films with Fellini, Antonioni and Tarkovsky

The Italian poet, novelist and screenwriter Tonino Guerra, who has died aged 92, brought something of his own poetic world to the outstanding films he co-scripted with, among others, Federico Fellini, Michelangelo Antonioni and Francesco Rosi, but also many non-Italian directors including Theo Angelopoulos and Andrei Tarkovsky. Perhaps his most creative contribution was to Fellini's colourful account of life in a small coastal town in the 1930s, Amarcord (1973), of which he was truly co-author, because the film reflected their common experiences growing up in Romagna.

The two were born in the region a couple of months apart – Fellini in Rimini and Guerra in Santarcangelo, in the hills above the Adriatic resort, the son of a street vendor father.

Guerra's own "amarcord" ("I remember" in dialect) is scattered over many books of poetry and short stories. He first started writing
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Close up: The Oscar nominations, the Sundance film festival and Theo Angelopoulos

Three stories vied for our attention as the Oscar nominations were announced, Spike Lee stormed Sundance and director Theo Angelopoulos died

The big storiesOscar nominations

The glitz! The glamour! The gradual realisation that, as much as you wanted your small-time favourite (Melancholia / Drive / Take Shelter) to win, you can't fight the inevitable! Yes - it's Oscar time again. The nominations were announced this week, with Martin Scorsese's Hugo narrowly pipping The Artist with 11 nods to the silent wonder's 10. We live-blogged the announcement, explained why we think Michel Hazanavicius's film will still win big come February and griped about those that were left out. Join us on 26 February for an all-night bonanza of gowns and gongs, back-slapping and blubbering. It will be just like being in La. But with cynicism.

Sundance film festival

Park City's received its annual influx of film-makers as the Sundance film festival rolled into action.
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Theo Angelopoulos

Film director with a magisterial style who excelled at historical and political allegories

The Greek film director Theo Angelopoulos, who has died aged 76 in a road accident, was an epic poet of the cinema, creating allegories of 20th-century Greek history and politics. He redefined the slow pan, the long take and tracking shots, of which he was a master. His stately, magisterial style and languidly unfolding narratives require some (ultimately rewarding) effort on the part of the spectator. "The sequence shot offers, as far as I'm concerned, much more freedom," Angelopoulos explained. "By refusing to cut in the middle, I invite the spectator to better analyse the image I show him, and to focus, time and again, on the elements that he feels are the most significant in it."

Angelopoulos was born in Athens, where he studied law. After military service, he went to Paris to attend the Sorbonne but
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Greek Director Killed by Motorcycle

Greek Director Killed by Motorcycle
Theo Angelopoulos was killed after being hit by a motorcycle near Athens' main port of Piraeus. He was 76.

Angelopoulos was crossing a road near the set of his movie "The Other Sea," when he was hit by a motorcyclist -- who survived the crash.

The director, whose career spanned 40 years, won numerous awards for his movies. In 1995, he took the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival for "Ulysses' Gaze." Three years later, he won
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Theo Angelopoulos: a career in clips

Greek director Theo Angelopoulos has died in a road accident aged 76. Here we look back at his body of work, which included The Travelling Players, Ulysses Gaze and Landscape in the Mist

The Travelling Players (1975)

Theo Angelopoulos's breakthrough film is a political allegory in disguise; a leftist analysis of democracy, fascism and national identity, shrewdly gussied up as the tale of a theatre tour through the Greek provinces and shot under the noses of the country's military junta. Rigorous, spartan, and yet brimming over with pungent mythic allusions, The Travelling Players established its creator as one of the most distinctive European directors of his generation.

Landscape in the Mist (1988)

The director hit the road again with this stark, soulful tale of two runaways in search of their missing father. The way ahead leads through misty towns and snowy wilderness, while the early social-realist air tilts, by degrees, towards surrealism.
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Theo Angelopoulos: one last unfinished tale for chronicler of modern Greece

Incompleteness was a recurrent theme for a film-maker who thought closure out of reach, always searching for the lost idyll of a nation torn apart by the 20th century

Theo Angelopoulos has been killed in a traffic accident while crossing a busy street in the middle of filming. This very fact has an enormous irony and poignancy: so much of his work is about the unfinished story, the unfinished journey, the unfinished life, and the realisation that to be unfinished is itself part of the human mystery and an essential human birthright and burden. This was part of what he conveyed to audiences, in a cinematic style that was poetry and epic poetry, steeped in the tumult of Greek history from the time of the second world war, and yet his movies were anything but frenzied or dramatic. They addressed not history's surface action but its spiritual causes and effects; he created long,
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Greek film-maker Theo Angelopoulos dies after road accident

Celebrated director was shooting new film The Other Sea when he was hit by a motorcycle, sustaining serious head injuries

Multi-award-winning Greek film-maker Theo Angelopoulos died last night, aged 76, after a road accident in the port town of Piraeus, just outside Athens. Angelopoulos was working on a new film, The Other Sea, when he was hit by a motorcycle and sustained serious head injuries. He died later in hospital.

The Other Sea, which was to star Italian actor Toni Servillo (The Consequences of Love), was Angelopoulos's first film since 2008's The Dust of Time, and was a study of the political and social turmoil currently affecting Greece. In this it was in keeping with his previous oeuvre, which was marked by an engagement with Greece's turbulent 20th-century history, along with its complex, dreamlike imagery.

Angelopoulos first made his name internationally with the 1975 film The Travelling Players, made during the colonels' military rule but released after.
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Greek director Theo Angelopoulos dies in car accident

Greek director Theo Angelopoulos dies in car accident
Renowned Greek director Theo Angelopoulos passed away in a road accident on Tuesday while shooting for his latest film The Other Sea. He was 76.

Angelopoulos was working in Piraeus, a port city close to Athens when he met with an accident while shooting exterior sequences.

He started his filmmaking career with Reconstruction in 1970 and then went on to make a series of political feature films about modern Greece: Days of ’36 (Meres Tou 36, 1972), The Travelling Players (O Thiassos, 1975) and The Hunters (I Kynighoi, 1977). He was known for his distinct style marked by slow, episodic and ambiguous narrative structures as well as long takes.

His won the Grand Jury prize at Cannes Film Festival for Ulysses’ Gaze (1995) and Palme d’Or for Eternity and a Day (1998).

He was honored at the 11th Mumbai Film Festival in 2009.
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Award-Winning Filmmaker Dies In Road Accident

Award-Winning Filmmaker Dies In Road Accident
Athens, Greece -- Theo Angelopoulos, an award-winning Greek filmmaker known for his slow and dreamlike style as a director, was killed in a road accident Tuesday while working on his latest movie. He was 76.

Police and hospital officials said Angelopoulos suffered serious head injuries and died at a hospital after being hit by a motorcycle while walking across a road close to a movie set near Athens' main port of Piraeus.

The driver, also injured and hospitalized, was later identified as an off-duty police officer.

The accident occurred while Angelopoulos was working on his upcoming movie "The Other Sea."

Angelopoulos had won numerous awards for his movies, mostly at European film festivals, during a career that spanned more than 40 years.

In 1995, he won the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for "Ulysses' Gaze," starring American actor Harvey Keitel.

Three years later, he won the main prize at the festival,
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Theo Angelopoulos Dies Aged 76

Theo Angelopoulos Dies Aged 76
Greek filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos has died aged 76. The Athens-born director was killed in a road accident in the port city of Pireas. Angelopoulos was in the middle of shooting his new film, The Other Sea, with Italian actor Toni Servillo (Il Divo) when the accident happened. It was to be his first film since 2008's The Dust of Time.The director took the path less travelled to the big screen. Initially a law student in Athens, he headed to Paris to study literature at the Sorbonne before making plans to attend Paris's prestigious School of Cinema. Instead, he returned to Greece and worked as a journalist and critic until his paper was banned by the ruling junta. It was then that he turned to filmmaking, making a politically-charged trilogy that spanned Greek history from 1930 to 1970. It included acclaimed drama The Travelling Players (1975), which won him notice overseas and laid the foundations for a well-respected filmography.
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Greek Filmmaker Angelopoulos Killed In Accident

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Greek Filmmaker Angelopoulos Killed In Accident
Legendary Greek filmmaker Theodoros Angelopoulos has died after suffering serious injuries in a road accident on Tuesday.

The director, 76, was crossing a road in Athens when he was knocked over by a motorcyclist. He sustained severe head injuries and died in a nearby hospital.

Angelopoulos began his career in 1968 and he enjoyed success as a director, producer and screenwriter for more than four decades.

He became known for his work on political Greek films Days of '36, The Hunters and The Travelling Players, which landed him a string of European awards including Best Film of the Year by the British Film Institute.

His other works include Voyage to Cythera, Ulysses' Gaze and Landscape in the Mist, which scored him the Silver Lion Award for Best Director at 1988's Venice Film Festival in Italy. A decade later, Angelopoulos won the prestigious Palme d'Or award at the Cannes Film Festival for Eternity and a Day.

Ulysses Gaze Review: d: Theo Angelopoulos

To Vlemma Tou Odyssea / Ulysses' Gaze (1995) Direction: Theo Angelopoulos Cast: Harvey Keitel, Erland Josephson, Maia Morgenstern, Thanasis Vengos, Giorgos Mihalakopoulos Screenplay: Theo Angelopoulos, Tonino Guerra, Petros Markaris, Giorgio Silvagni Harvey Keitel, Ulysses' Gaze Greek filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos' 1995 effort To Vlemma tou Odyssea / Ulysses' Gaze is the first of that director's four films that I have seen that is not unequivocally a great work of art. Although there are arguments that can be made in favor of that claim, the film's 173-minute running time is much too long, especially considering that Ulysses' Gaze is the least poetic of the aforementioned four films. (For the record, the others are Landscape in the Mist, Eternity and a Day, and Trilogy: The Weeping Meadow.) Of course, I'm not saying that Ulysses' Gaze is a bad film or that it lacks Angelopoulos' trademark visual poesy. On the other hand, the film lacks several important
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