The Films of Theo Angelopoulos

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Greek film director Theo Angelopoulos is one of the most influential and widely respected filmmakers in the world today, yet his films are still largely unknown to the American public. In the first book in English to focus on Angelopoulos's unique cinematic vision, Andrew Horton provides an illuminating contextual study that attempts to demonstrate the quintessentially Greek nature of the director's work. Horton situates the director in the context of over 3,000 years of Greek culture and history. Somewhat like Andrei Tarkovsky in Russia or Antonioni in Italy, Angelopoulos has used cinema to explore the history and individual identities of his culture. With such far-reaching influences as Greek myth, ancient tragedy and epic, Byzantine iconography and ceremony, Greek and Balkan history, modern Greek pop culture including bouzouki music, shadow puppet theater, and the Greek music hall tradition, Angelopoulos emerges as an original "thinker" with the camera, and a distinctive director who is bound to make a lasting contribution to the art form.
In a series of films including The Travelling Players, Voyage to Cythera, Landscape in the Mist, The Suspended Step of the Stork, and most recently in Ulysses' Gaze starring Harvey Keitel (winner of the 1995 Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix), Angelopoulos has developed a remarkable cinematic style, characterized by carefully composed scenes and an enormous number of extended long shots. In an age of ever decreasing attention spans, Angelopoulos offers a cinema of contemplation.

Product Details

  • Series: Princeton Modern Greek Studies
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (September 22, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691010056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691010052
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces

Customer Reviews

Invaluable Guide for Angelopoulos’ Films

One person found this helpful.
 on November 27, 2012
By John DeLaurentis
Expertly written, Horton’s analysis of the film making of one of Greece’s finest movie makers is a must read for anyone interested in the meditative film style of the late Angelopoulos. I teach college classes in the Modern Greek Studies Program at Rutgers University and include Angelopoulos’ films in the class. This book helps bring understanding to the students, as it clearly delineates Angelopoulos’ unique style. It helps that the author was friends with Angelopoulos, so the text is true to Angelopoulos’ intentions. If the type of movies you enjoy are the typical fast-paced Hollywood product, then Angelopoulos will not interest you. But if you want to experience a deep, enriching, soul searching experience with films, then watch this master of the cinema. Start with his most accessible, Eternity and a Day, then move on to Ulysses’ Gaze. If those two move you, watch the rest. And get this book to help you navigate through the experience.

A valuable text of a master of modern cinema

6 people found this helpful.
 on February 6, 1999
Horton’s book provides an invaluable introduction to the work of a master of modern cinema. He identifies the major themes that emerge in Angelopoulous’ work, and then looks at some of his movies in great depth, including a detailed account of the narratives in each. This is meant to allow the reader that has not seen any of the films to gain an insight into the work.

AN UNDERSTANDABLE GUIDE TO A MASTER OF FILM

4 people found this helpful.
 on March 31, 1999
By FREDERICK J. LINCH
MANY OF THIS MAN’S FILMS ARE NOT AVALIBLE IN THE U.S. THOSE THAT ARE ARE “ULYSEE’S GAZE” AND ” LANDSCAPES IN THE MIST”,THESE ARE BOTH ON TAPE. WATCHING THESE IS AN AMAZING VIEWER EXPERIENCE.WATCHING THEM WITH THE AID OF MR. HORTON’S BOOK MAKE THE EXPERIENCE SOME OF THE BEST FILMGOING I HAVE EVER DONE. HIS WRITING IS CLEAR AND ENLIGHTNING WITH OUT A DOSE OF ACADEMIC MUSCLE FLEXING THAT IS SO MUCH A PART OF BOOKS ON CINEMA. I HOPE YOU HAD AS MUCH FUN READING AND WATCHING AS I DID.

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