Monday, July 23, 2007

Theo Angelopoulos (1935-)

Sierra Club


Borders for me are not geographical concepts, and I don't mean that there are borders in the sense of artistic limits, either.... Borders are simply divisions, between here and there, between then and now. In this film it is a question of a division between life and death. It's a demarcation line: a dying man, his last day. How do you pass your last day? What can still happen to us? What will we do with the hours that remain? Do you think back you've lived? Or do you allow yourself to drift, expose yourself to all coincidences, follow someone, open a window, meet a new person, open yourself to anything that comes, to the unexpected coming-together of the-unconnected, which then turns out to connect, after all?


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Theodoros Angelopoulos (born April 27, 1936) is a noted Greek film director.

He studied law in Athens but after military service he went to Paris to attend the Sorbonne. He soon dropped out to study film at the IDHEC before returning to Greece. Back home he worked as a journalist and film critic until the coup.

He made his first short film in 1968 and went on in the 1970s to make long films concerned with modern Greece - Meres Tou 36, O Thiassos and I Kynighoi. He quickly established a characteristic style, marked by slow, episodic and ambiguous structure and long, "sequence shot" takes. He moved into less political works after the end of the dictatorship, gaining Italian funding.

His distinct visual style is characterised by very slow, long, meticulous takes. The Travelling Players for example, consists of around 80 shots in about four hours of film.
His collaborators include the cinematographer Giorgos Arvanitis, and the composer Eleni Karaindrou. Karaindrou's soundtracks are available from ECM records.

The film critic David Thomson counted Angelopoulos as one of the world's greatest living directors in his 1994 Biographical Dictionary of Film.

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