The Films of Theo Angelopoulos: A Cinema of Contemplation

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"Theo Angelopoulos is a masterful filmmaker. He really understands how to control the frame. There are sequences in his work--the wedding scene in The Suspended Step of the Stork; the rape scene in Landscape in the Mist; or any given scene in The Traveling Players--where the slightest movement, the slightest change in distance, sends reverberations through the film and through the viewer. The total effect is hypnotic, sweeping, and profoundly emotional. His sense of control is almost otherworldly."--Martin ...

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Overview

"Theo Angelopoulos is a masterful filmmaker. He really understands how to control the frame. There are sequences in his work--the wedding scene in The Suspended Step of the Stork; the rape scene in Landscape in the Mist; or any given scene in The Traveling Players--where the slightest movement, the slightest change in distance, sends reverberations through the film and through the viewer. The total effect is hypnotic, sweeping, and profoundly emotional. His sense of control is almost otherworldly."--Martin Scorsese

"Horton's book fills a crucial gap in film studies by bringing to attention the work of a European filmmaker whose films remain unfamiliar to many. This book is an extraordinary study of a major artist and one that should help make Angelopoulos a much better known figure in this country."--Stuart McDougal, University of Michigan

"The interpretive conception, the argument, and the conclusion of this book are nothing short of brilliant. It is as if Angelopoulos comes into his own with Andrew Horton's writing. It could become a model for film writing, not least for its expansive ideological and historical perceptions."--John Chioles, New York University

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Editorial Reviews

Rain Taxi
Andrew Horton anatomizes a unique aesthetic sensibility, investigating the power of these images with his own impressive powers of observation and learning.
— Jack Granath
Choice
[A] thorough study of Angelopoulos. . . This is the first book on Angelopoulos in English. . . . Horton comments knowledgeably on the many directors who have influenced Angelopoulos. . .and on the artistic influences of the Greek Orthodox church and Byzantine and classical Greek culture.
Film Quarterly
This [book] . . . could not have come at a better time or from a more qualified critic. . . . Andrew Horton opens the door to a complex body of work and will do much to correct the notion that Angelopoulos is simply an eccentric individualist or a director overly infatuated with technique.
— Dan Georgakas
Rain Taxi - Jack Granath
Andrew Horton anatomizes a unique aesthetic sensibility, investigating the power of these images with his own impressive powers of observation and learning.
Film Quarterly - Dan Georgakas
This [book] . . . could not have come at a better time or from a more qualified critic. . . . Andrew Horton opens the door to a complex body of work and will do much to correct the notion that Angelopoulos is simply an eccentric individualist or a director overly infatuated with technique.
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"Andrew Horton anatomizes a unique aesthetic sensibility, investigating the power of these images with his own impressive powers of observation and learning."--Jack Granath, Rain Taxi

"[A] thorough study of Angelopoulos. . . This is the first book on Angelopoulos in English. . . . Horton comments knowledgeably on the many directors who have influenced Angelopoulos. . .and on the artistic influences of the Greek Orthodox church and Byzantine and classical Greek culture."--Choice

"This [book] . . . could not have come at a better time or from a more qualified critic. . . . Andrew Horton opens the door to a complex body of work and will do much to correct the notion that Angelopoulos is simply an eccentric individualist or a director overly infatuated with technique."--Dan Georgakas, Film Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691010052
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2012
  • Series: Princeton Modern Greek Studies Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Voyage beyond the Borders 3
Ch. 1 Cinema and the Borders of Greek Culture 25
Ch. 2 The Moving Pattern of Images: Greek History and Individual Perspectives 55
Ch. 3 Angelopoulos, the Continuous Image, and Cinema 73
Ch. 4 Reconstruction: "Help Me, I'm Lost" 91
Ch. 5 The Travelling Players: Figures in the Landscape of Myth and History 102
Ch. 6 Voyage to Cythera: "One ... Two ... Oh, My God. I'm Out of Step" 127
Ch. 7 Landscape in the Mist: A Documentary Fairy Tale 144
Ch. 8 The Suspended Step of the Stork: "If I Take One More Step, I Will Be Somewhere Else" 161
Ch. 9 Ulysses' Gaze: "We Are Dying People" 181
Conclusions: From the Cinematic Gaze to a Culture of Links 202
Filmography 211
Bibliography 217
Index 223
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