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The Theo Angelopoulos Collection Vol 1 (4 Discs) [DVD] [1970]

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  • Actors: Toula Stathopoulou, Kostas Pavlou, Vangelis Kazan, Aliki Georgouli
  • Directors: Theo Angelopoulos
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Greek
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Nov. 2011
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005EY1P56
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,074 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 first set includes Reconstruction (1970) Days of '36 (1972) The Travelling Players (1975) and The Hunters (1977).

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This is a wonderful collection of early works by one of the masters of the cinema. Angelopolous made films like no one else's, creating his own language of image and
time. His films, especially these early works can be challenging, and even frustrating at times. They take work, and without a knowledge of Greek history (especially
in the 20th century) they can be down right baffling at moments.

Also, his first films, for me, are less than perfect -- an artist finding his voice, sometimes awkwardly (although there are many who see the first films as outright
masterpieces). I do know his films always grow with re-watching. There are always new details, new connections, new understandings.

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.

I can't think of any other modern film-maker who so deeply and rigorously explored his country's 20th century history, psychology, national myths, politics,
and societal strengths and weaknesses in film after film as Angelopoulos does in his early films. Later, he turns to more personal, humanistic film-making,
just as brilliant in its own way But his multiple films deeply and creatively exploring how his nation came to it's current state represent something
special, even to someone like myself who didn't grow up in that particular culture.

The DVD quality in the set is quite high. There is some controversy as to whether 'The Hunters' is the "right" cut, as it appears to be about 20 minutes shorter than
another extant version (However, that version seems to be impossible to find with English subtitles).
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I first encountered Theodoros Angelopoulos ("Theo" from now on, to save my fingers the trouble) as a young, wide-eyed cinephile about 8 years ago with the film Ulysses' Gaze. I felt as if I'd been struck by lightning. It was one of the few truly unique and powerful cinematic experiences of my life to that point as I'd never seen a film with an aesthetic style quite like it. Since then I've seen many films, and encountered many filmmakers, that offered similar experiences, but Gaze stayed with me. I was quite upset to learn that, at that time, it was the only film of his available on DVD. A few years later Landscape in the Mist was also released, and it proved even better. Since then I've lamented the scarce availability of his work, especially the early films that were hailed as masterpieces.

I eventually even bought the New Star versions of his films, but that set was incomplete. But I could finally see The Travelling Players, which proved to be the masterpiece it had been hyped as. Well imagine my surprise when I found out Artificial Eye was releasing Theo' entire filmography! I immediately pre-ordered Volume I and II, and I'll be pre-ordering Volume III soon. Volume I just arrived a few days ago and I immediately put in Reconstruction and found myself, yet again, in complete awe of Theo' mastery of cinematic images. Since then I've also watched the other three films in this set, including rewatching The Travelling Players, and found Days of '36 and The Hunters to be excellent--if lesser--films in Theo' cinema.

But one thing should be stressed about this set and Theo in general: He is a very unique director with a very unique style and voice.
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Until very recently The Travelling Players was one of the few masterpieces of world cinema which could not be obtained on DVD in an English-subtitled version. That has now been rectified, and is included here as one of Angelopoulos' first 4 features, all from the 1970s.
The first two films are both based on actual incidents. The black-and-white Reconstruction relates to a crime of passion in a small village in 1970, and already we see some of Angelopoulos' style, with 360-degree pans, groups of people dwarfed by landscape, virtually no close-ups, and jumping back and forth in time. The title relates to the fact that the crime is being reconstructed by the police to ascertain who in fact did the actual killing (of a husband returning from a spell of work in Germany). As with all the director's films we have to work at it, although here we don't need a knowledge of Greek history. An impressive debut.
Days of '36 is about a traumatic event in 1936 when a prisoner, claiming innocence of an assassination, takes hostage an MP who visits him in his cell. The film follows the bungling attempts of the authorities to resolve the crisis. Again there are very long takes, little dialogue for much of the film, sweeping camera movements, etc.
The Travelling Players, nearly 4 hours long, is the highlight of the collection, and the only one of these films I have seen before, though not for a long time. To fully appreciate it you need a knowledge of Greek history between 1939-52, and of ancient Greek myths, and I do not yet have this.
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