The Films of Theo Angelopoulos: A Cinema of Contemplation

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Greek film director Theo Angelopoulos is one of the most 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 ...
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Overview

Greek film director Theo Angelopoulos is one of the most 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.
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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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  • ISBN-13: 9780691011417
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 2/3/1997
  • Series: Princeton Modern Greek Studies
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 1.01 (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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