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The Travelling Players (O thiasos)

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.



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.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

July 25, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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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.

November 15, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A didactic, audacious, tendentious, highly original movie that justifies its great length.

November 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

The human tragedy becomes increasingly compelling as it unfolds, while Angelopoulos' stately visual style is constantly arresting.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

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.

June 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
Nick's Flick Picks

Undoubtedly requires a substantial investment of attention -- but richly rewards it with a moving film of dazzling sweep and substance.

January 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Inaccessible and imposing, it may be a masterpiece, but it's a hard one to like.

December 15, 2003 Full Review Source: BBC

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.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4

You can feel the pulse of the times through the music and realize by the liveliness of the music when the big events are happening to the people of Greece.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Part II of A Trilogy of History by Theo Angelopoulos:

Pure mysticism but requires a lot of patience.What Angelopoulos divides here is time and present history.Flash-forwards to the General's Regime (or should the Civil War be denominated like that?),the uninvited theatrical troupe merging in the seemingly confusing backdrop of Greece,a masterful touch of a timeline mixture,it's as if tragicomedy of chronology occurs where Golfo,the troupe's play is but the interlude in between the film's chapters.
For the love of Artemis,there's even sexual parallelism ala Oresteia tension!!!
October 4, 2009
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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.

Foreign Titles

  • Die Wanderschauspieler (DE)
  • Le voyage des comédiens (FR)
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