Last Modernist

Overview

Theo Angelopoulos is widely regarded as one of the most distinctive contemporary filmmakers and a highly idiosyncratic film stylist. His work, from the early 1970s to The Beekeeper, Landscape in the Mist, The Suspended Step of the Stalk and the recent Cannes prize-winner Ulysses' Gaze, demonstrates a unique sensibility and a preoccupation with form (notably, the long take, space, and time) and with content, particularly Greek politics and history, and notions of the journey, border-crossing, and exile. This new ...

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Overview

Theo Angelopoulos is widely regarded as one of the most distinctive contemporary filmmakers and a highly idiosyncratic film stylist. His work, from the early 1970s to The Beekeeper, Landscape in the Mist, The Suspended Step of the Stalk and the recent Cannes prize-winner Ulysses' Gaze, demonstrates a unique sensibility and a preoccupation with form (notably, the long take, space, and time) and with content, particularly Greek politics and history, and notions of the journey, border-crossing, and exile. This new collection of essays surveys his entire cinematic output and presents a discussion of his major films, themes, and concerns.

The contributors argue that Angelopoulos' sustained oeuvre has kept alive the tradition of postwar modernism—the cinema of Antonioni, Jancsó, and Ozu—in the largely hostile environment of the 1980s and 1990s. A major work for students and researchers on contemporary European film.

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ANDREW HORTON teaches in the English Department of Loyola University.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
Modernism, minimalism, melancholy: Angelopoulos and visual style 11
Angelopoulos, Greek history and The Travelling Players 27
A tour of the graveyard of Greek ideals: Voyage to Cythera 43
Tessellations and honeycombs: The Beekeeper 51
Theo Angelopoulos: landscapes, players, mist 57
The empire of the journey in Voyage to Cythera 69
Theo Angelopoulos: the past as history, the future as form 78
"What do our souls seek?" an interview with Theo Angelopoulos 96
Theo Angelopoulos: filmography 111
Theo Angelopoulos: selected bibliography 116
Index 132
Note on contributors 138
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