Theo Angelopoulos began to study law in Athens but broke up his studies to go to the Sorbonne in Paris in order to study literature. When he had finished his studies, he wanted to attend the School of Cinema at Paris but decided instead to go back to Greece. There he worked as a journalist and critic for the newspaper “Demokratiki Allaghi” until it was banned by the military after a coup d’état. Now unemployed, he decided to make his first movie, Anaparastasi (1970). Internationally successful was his trilogy about the history of Greece from 1930 to 1970 consisting of Meres tou ’36 (1972), O thiasos (1975), and Oi kynigoi (1977). After the end of the dictatorship in Greece, Angelopoulos went to Italy, where he worked with RAI (and more money). His movies then became less political. —IMDb
This is an evocative masterpiece. It's a clear ancestor of current problem films like Traffic or Syriana, where the problem itself is the "star" and the actors move brokenly in and out of our awareness. As such, it is fresh and sophisticated, unlike anything else I have seen from the early 70s. It is beautiful without being merely stylish, affecting without being melodramatic. Flawless.
How VERY disappointing, having been impressed VERY much by the three Angelopoulos films I had seen before this one I was expecting another very good film but I was left with a sour taste in the mouth. This is a bit embarrassing on Theo's part, a very novice attempt. At the beginning he ceases to explain who the speaker is, what at Sofiano's motivations etc. Maybe I should've known about the even but it made me angry.