Ulysses' Gaze (1997)
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as "Ulysses'" wife
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.
Many of the images have a searing melancholy beauty, but they can also seem hackneyed. Likewise, the ideas underpinning Angelopoulos's gargantuan enterprise -- of the universality of alienation and the impos-sibility of pure art -- are commonplace.
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