Thread created on 15:48:05 - 07/09/22 (1 year ago)
Last replied 14:26:14 - 04/11/22 (1 year ago)
It's not easy to understand the majority of Angelopoulos' films. His movies are always associated with his own childhood, a chaotic, unstable Greece because of WWII and the civil war. It's necessary to read some biography or modern history of Greece. The first two movies I watched were "Eternity and a Day" and "Landscape in the Mist"(Both of them need not much cultural background to understand the contact of the movies). I was fascinated by its silence, profound long take, poetic lines, and symbolism. I wish I could find some fellow fans in Torn.
Just finished The Suspended Step of Stork last weekend. Not any stork appears in the movie. I guess the reason for titling the film with that name is because:
The scene: "if I take one more step"
The picture of a stock lifting one leg
The film's setting is a Greek town near the border of Greece and Albania. The town is a kind of "waiting room" for illegal refugees waiting for the Greek government's admission to further migrate to other countries. Our protagonist, a journalist, sensed the trace of a missing politician, which had written the book Despair at the end of the century before disappeared, and might blend into the crowd of refugees. The journalist tried to seek out the missing politician and experienced the life, and culture of the town of refugees.
Some of the impressive scenes and lines
A silent wedding was held across the river separating Greece and Albania, they couldn't pass through the river or otherwise got shot by the soldier on the border.
A group of voluntary refugees repaired the telephone line which is destroyed in winter, It symbolized hope
In the "pseudo-documentary" opening scene, serval refugees jumped into the water because the Greek government rejected their request for political asylum. "I began to think about them and wonder how does one decide to leave? Why? And Where? And I thought about the ancient verse, 'Don't forget that the time for a voyage has come again. The wind blows your eyes far away' " ----the journalist
Landscape in the Mist(ongoing) Probably the most brutal Angelopoulos movie as I do not dare to rewatch it.
Although some sources portray it as
Even the director himself insisted that
My actual feeling after finishing this film is as follows:
Landscape in the mist is some sort of "road movie". Travelers finally reached their destination and grew up. The sister Voula(11 years old) and her little brother Alexander(8) were the travelers on this voyage.
Last edited by Zatoichi on 16:26:07 - 18/11/22