The Travelling Players (O thiasos) Reviews
But sadly enough, this film didn't appeal to me at all. It's too long, nearly four hours, and it doesn't actually cover the Civil War at all, which is very disappointing. And there's too many characters that we are suppose to recognize, considering there's few close-ups, thanks to all the long shots. Don't misunderstand me, I love long takes, but Angelopoulos could have made it more dynamic like Miklós Jancsó's war dramas. Overall, I kind of liked it, but it was simply too long and too theatrical. It is an orgy of missed opportunities. But I liked its political and cultural imagery enough to give this movie a marginal thumbs up.
This film from director Theodoros Angelopoulos is at once a history lesson and at the same turn a wonderous piece of cinema.
The film follows a group of actors as they try to stage a classic Greek Pastoral play ,the only problem being that events in Greek History friom the period of 1939-1952 conspire to prevent them staging the whole production.
The film shows these events from the eyes of the players which include the Invasion by the Nazis and the bitter civil war which followed.
The film has a very staid pace and is nearly four hours in length which may put the average viewer off ,but i found this pace to add to the wonder of the film and gives it a subtance that many films of the modern era seem to lack .
The Greece potrayed here is a long long way from the tourist book image we have of the country .
Here the film traps Greece in a kind of aspic ,where events conspire to sweep along ordinary Men and Women.
A film of power and History and a masterpiece of story telling.
But I will say this that Theo Angelopoulos is a great director of our times who makes movies he belives in.
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!!!