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Greek film director Theo Angelopoulos is one of the most influential and widely respected filmmakers in the world today, yet his films are still largely unknown to the American public. In the first book in English to focus on Angelopoulos's unique cinematic vision, Andrew Horton provides an illuminating contextual study that attempts to demonstrate the quintessentially Greek nature of the director's work. Horton situates the director in the context of over 3,000 years of Greek culture and history. Somewhat like Andrei Tarkovsky in Russia or Antonioni in Italy, Angelopoulos has used cinema to explore the history and individual identities of his culture. With such far-reaching influences as Greek myth, ancient tragedy and epic, Byzantine iconography and ceremony, Greek and Balkan history, modern Greek pop culture including bouzouki music, shadow puppet theater, and the Greek music hall tradition, Angelopoulos emerges as an original "thinker" with the camera, and a distinctive director who is bound to make a lasting contribution to the art form.

In a series of films including The Travelling Players, Voyage to Cythera, Landscape in the Mist, The Suspended Step of the Stork, and most recently in Ulysses' Gaze starring Harvey Keitel (winner of the 1995 Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix), Angelopoulos has developed a remarkable cinematic style, characterized by carefully composed scenes and an enormous number of extended long shots. In an age of ever decreasing attention spans, Angelopoulos offers a cinema of contemplation.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Series Page, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quotation
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Introduction: The Voyage beyond the Borders
  2. pp. 3-22
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  1. Part One: Culture, History, Cinema
  2. pp. 23-24
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  1. Chapter 1: Cinema and the Borders of Greek Culture
  2. pp. 25-54
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  1. Chapter 2: The Moving Pattern of Images: Greek History and Individual Perspectives
  2. pp. 55-72
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  1. Chapter 3: Angelopoulos, the Continuous Image, and Cinema
  2. pp. 73-88
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  1. Part Two: Five Films
  2. pp. 89-90
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  1. Chapter 4: Reconstruction: “Help Me, I’m Lost”
  2. pp. 91-101
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  1. Chapter 5: The Traveling Players: Figures in the Landscape of Myth and History
  2. pp. 102-126
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  1. Chapter 6: Voyage to Cypher: “One ... Two ... Oh, My God. I’m Out of Step”
  2. pp. 127-143
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  1. Chapter 7: Landscape in the Mist: A Documentary Fairy Tale
  2. pp. 144-160
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  1. Chapter 8: The Suspended Step of the Stork: “If I Take One More Step, I Will Be Somewhere Else”
  2. pp. 161-178
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  1. Part Three: Conclusions
  2. pp. 179-180
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  1. Chapter 9: Ulysses’ Gaze: “We Are Dying People”
  2. pp. 181-201
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  1. Conclusions: From the Cinematic Gaze to a Culture of Links
  2. pp. 202-210
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  1. Afterword: The Pleasures of Eternity and a Day: “Life Is Sweet and ...”
  2. pp. 211-220
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  1. Filmography
  2. pp. 221-226
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 227-232
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 233-237
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400884421
Print ISBN
9780691010052
MARC Record
OCLC
966762795
Pages
256
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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