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Unrated | | Drama, War | 1 November 1997 (USA)
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An exiled filmmaker finally returns to his home country where former mysteries and afflictions of his early life come back to haunt him once more.

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(as Thodoros Angelopoulos)

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(screenplay) (as Thodoros Angelopoulos), (dialogue translation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
... A
... Library Curator
... Kali
... Taxi Driver
... Nikos
... Old Woman
... Mother
... Father
... Manakias' Assistant
... Greek Film Library Manager
Angel Ivanov ... Bulgarian Interrogator (as Angel Ivanof)
Vaggelis Liodakis
Gert Llanaj ... Little Boy
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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>

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Drama | War

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1 November 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ulysses' Gaze  »

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$42,202
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1.66 : 1
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Taxi Driver: [talking to A] Know something? Greece is dying... We're dying as a people. We've come full circle. I don't know for how many thousands years, among broken stones and statues... and now we're dying. But if Greece is to die, she'd better do it quickly, because the agony lasts too long, and makes too much noise.
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Paei o palios o hronos
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great cinema
11 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

Theo Angelopoulos can take his place in the line with other great artists, as Bergman, Tarkovskii, etc. The piece is long, but not boring at all, though it's not an easy viewing. Viewer has to posess at least rudimentary knowledge about European, and, in particular, Balkan history. TA transform a personal story into a parable of Odissei's journey, a neverending search for one's soul. The shots are beautiful, even with somehow faded film.


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