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The Theo Angelopoulos Collection Vol. 2 [DVD] [1980]


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  • Actors: Toula Stathopoulou, Kostas Pavlou, Vangelis Kazan, Aliki Georgouli
  • Directors: Theo Angelopoulos
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Jan 2012
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005JY7KDM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,906 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Theo Angelopoulos is Greece s most celebrated filmmaker and has been acclaimed by British critics Derek Malcolm and David Thompson as one of the world s greatest living directors. His body of work examines the history of modern Greece from a social and political perspective. This second DVD volume includes Alexander the Great, Voyage to Cythera, The Beekeeper, Landscape in the Mist & Suspended Step of the Stork.

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***INTRO***

When I reviewed Vol. 1 of Artificial Eye's Theo Angelopoulos Collection (which has mysteriously disappeared from Amazon UK's website as of the date of this review, though the review can still be read on my profile page), I stated that that the biggest question with Theo to a new viewer was "where to start?" Well, after completing this volume, I think I would recommend it to newcomers over Vol. 1. Although many hardcore Theo fans might object and state that a handful of his best films, including the magnum opus, The Traveling Players, are on Vol. 1, I feel this set is perhaps more representative of Theo's overall style. It's more accessible with a better balance between his socio-cultural/historical consciousness and his more personal, intimate, metaphysical style. It's the latter that makes his films easier to grasp and "get into" for newcomers more accustomed to, say, the cinema of Tarkovsky, Mizoguchi, OR Hou Hsiao-hsien. While one can't really grasp The Traveling Players without having a knowledge of Aeschylus' Orestia Trilogy and Greek history from '39-'52, no such knowledge is absolutely crucial to the films in this volume, even though having a decent grasp on Greek's social and political status in the 20th Century will still help illuminate the meaning by Theo's often dense, unblinking, challenging, but always beautiful, haunting, lyrical, and poetic gaze.

***THE FILMS***

Alexander the Great:

Not, as one might think, a film about the famous Macedonian conqueror (though certainly an allusion to him), but rather about a leftist leader at the turn of the 20th Century who kidnaps a group of English aristocrats and carries them off into the mountains to a commune in order to demand that they return land that was taken for them.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Feb 2012
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This 'middle' set of a great film-maker's career contains some of my most and least favorite of Angelopoulos' work.

But when assessing any great artist's work, even pieces that don't speak to me as personally are always worthy of serious
thought and re-seeing. This is especially true with Angelopoulos' very dense and openly challenging work. I've found, with
almost no exceptions that my understanding and appreciation of what he is trying to do grows on revisiting each film. And
since this was my first time seeing a number of these films, I imagine my passion for some will only grow. So while I'd
probably only give 'Voyage to Cythera' 5 stars (as if one can reduce art to numeric values) the set is worth that rating for
the insight into (and accessibility to) Angelopoulos' evolution and strivings as an artist.

In a way, these box sets from Artificial Eye have been divided strangely. I would argue that the first film on this set. "Alexander
the Great" really belonged on the end of Vol. 1. It's the last of Angelopolous' historical epics. After that his films turned more
intimate, personal, and outwardly naturalistic. So it's a bit out of place here, and very much a piece with the films in the first
collection.

In any case, it's very sad that this great artist's works are not more widely known and appreciated. Hats off to Artificial Eye for
making these films easily available, and in good quality transfers. I had only 'Landscape in the Mist' to compare this set with the
legendary Greek 'New Star' releases overseen by Angelopoulos himself, but it was clearly the identical source, right down to dirt
spots at the same frame. The only thing differences were a) he New Star also offered a 5.
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Theo(doros) Angelopoulos died in January 2012 depriving us of one of the greatest contemporary voices in cinema. In the last 20 years no other director except for Abbas Kiarostami, Michael Haneke, Bela Tarr and Hou Hsiao Hsien has been quite so uncompromising both in his approach to cinema and to the demands he makes on audiences. He leaves a legacy of 13 incredibly rewarding feature films which we are very lucky to have in 3 cheap box sets coming from Artificial Eye. He worked in loose 'trilogies'. Volume 2 is comprised of works mainly from the 1980s - the completion of his Trilogy of History with Alexander the Great, the complete Trilogy of Silence comprising Voyage to Cythera, The Beekeeper and Landscape in the Mist, and the first part of the Trilogy of Borders, The Suspended Step of the Stork. For the uninitiated Angelopoulos's cinema can seem daunting and I strongly suggest you buy and watch Volume 1 first, paying special attention to The Travelling Players, a key film for unlocking the mysteries of this Greek director's world view. The films in this box (especially the Trilogy of Silence) may at first seem to be simpler to grasp than his earlier work, but this is rather deceptive as they deal with the consequences in Greece of decades of war, Fascism, foreign occupations and general socio-economic (and therefore political) instability. To understand why Angelopoulos's protagonists are often wanderers, strangers in their own homeland, we have to appreciate the historical reasons for this - reasons which are laid out (albeit opaquely) in the Trilogy of History and in The Hunters. I reviewed Volume 1 and outlined some pointers (autobiographical information, references to antiquity, peculiar stylistic tropes, etc) which I think are useful for watching this director's work and I refer you there.Read more ›
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