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Theo Angelopoulos Retrosective at Cinema du Parc

Eternity and a Day
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My title could not be more self-explanatory. In order to whet people's appetites for the upcoming annual Greek Film Festival at the end of the month, Cinema du Parc is having a rare retrospective of the most famous Greek film director of all time. Theo Angelopoulos was recently in our beautiful city for the World Film Festival that just passed, and he is soon running back home with his film prints in tow. Lucky for us, he is allowing our famous rep theater to present his films one last time, (and perhaps not again for a very long time).

The seven films being shown are in their original language with french subtitles, in the original 35mm print. On Monday, October 18th, there will be a screening of the bizarre and haunting Ulysses' Gaze (1995). This strange French-Italian-Greek production stars Harvey Keitel in a surprisingly restrained and somber performance, which seems to fit him actually, as a Greek filmmaker brooding about Greece and Balkans, looking for lost footage. Knowing Angelopoulos' usual style and rhythm, you could swear that Keitel is playing Angelopoulos in what might be a autobiographical film. It helps that the character is simply named "A". This is truly is one of his most demanding and dreamlike, something ethereal that sucks you in and numbs your brain with strange and haunting imagery. Clearly not for everyone, like a dream Werner Herzog would be having if he was emo.

On Tuesday, October 19th, another demanding but far more rewarding film, Cinema du Parc presents the 35mm print of Eternity and a Day (1998). His Cannes Golden Palm winner, this epic follows yet another Greek artist packing his bags and going out in search of something. This time it deals with a novelist, played by the brilliant Bruno Ganz, who had portrayed Adolf Hitler in the immense hit Downfall (2004), who goes in search of his own and his dead wife's memories. You can expect the usual sentimental stuff from Angelopoulos, but sentimental stuff that clearly beats any melodrama on American television these days, so do yourself a favor and go check one of these out.

More Greek hits and surprises until the end of the month, so stay tuned and keeps those cameras rolling.

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