Ulysses' Gaze (1997)
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Critic Reviews for Ulysses' Gaze
Magisterially filmed, this movie demands at almost every instant to be regarded as a masterpiece, though for me it's too full of itself and its own virtue. Still, I can't deny it's an experience worth having.
Constructed from long elegant takes, and moving fluidly between naturalism and tableaux-like theatricality, it's a mesmerising work of arresting beauty and impressive emotional power.
The overall effect is genuinely entrancing, with a sense of tragic inevitability that gives meaning to the film's maddeningly attenuated rhythms.
This grim travelogue through a landscape of despair lacks internal power. It feels labored and portentous.
Modernist stylization has its place in narrative film, but in this case less would have meant much more.
Audience Reviews for Ulysses' Gaze
Angelopoulos' film is lyrically evocative but painfully self-important and pretentious. If you looked up in a reference book why most American's hate foreign films you would probably see pictures of Ulysses' Gaze staring back at you.
I think any cinephile, even a minor one like me, needs to watch this. Very unhurried in its approach. The story is told mainly through visuals and you need to soak those visuals in. I plan to buy this since I know one viewing is scratching the surface.
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