The Travelling Players (O thiasos) (1976)
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In 1952 a travelling actor's troupe roams the countryside performing a popular Greek pastoral play, which soon becomes a thinly disguised version of the "Oresteia." At the same time, their performances and lives are constantly interrupted by a year in which there is tremendous political change and they are forced to reflect upon their lives since 1939, the last time their country had a major political upheaval--the eve of entering World War II.
Apr 10, 1976 Wide
Jul 13, 1999
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The stately pace of the film soon becomes compulsive; and the shabby provincial Greece of rusting railway tracks and flaking facades which the slow camera examines is visually beguiling.
Length is part of its problem. A much greater problem is that the political message that is only one of the threads in the first part thickens into hawser dimensions, strangling the film and the audience along with it.
Although there are any number of subtle moments in the film, even its admirers admit it is long and difficult, especially for audiences unfamiliar with its subject matter.
A didactic, audacious, tendentious, highly original movie that justifies its great length.
The human tragedy becomes increasingly compelling as it unfolds, while Angelopoulos' stately visual style is constantly arresting.
I was aglow after The Travelling Players, which honestly strikes me, in all its alienation and opacity, as a thrilling and important and good motion picture.
Undoubtedly requires a substantial investment of attention -- but richly rewards it with a moving film of dazzling sweep and substance.
Inaccessible and imposing, it may be a masterpiece, but it's a hard one to like.
A cinematic endurance test, this frosty epic holds some surprising rewards, as well as an atmosphere of graceful power. Unfortunately, it also pushes the audiences' patience way beyond the limit.
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January 25, 2012:Theo Angelopoulos: 1935-2012
The highly regarded Greek filmmaker dies at 76 after being involved in a motorbike accident.