Oh, woe unto we plebs who would seek to find fault w/ these profundities. Ugh. This is barely built around the bones of a thesis. It is almost all sententious thesis. Angelopoulos is obviously gonna throw some absolutely stunning camera movements around things complexly blocked. Yup. But, wait! We know you, Theo. You can set them up better than this. And usually you have a way better movie to pin them to.
the search for narrative. Mastroianni as elusive elucidate. knows and yet not knows. M as narrative itself. impotence. gasp over abyss. Search for "real" society and compromise. film as form itself suspended over possibility of media. Apologetic yet unmarginalized. the image comes home to you. Theo as never again.
so close to being a masterpiece. it stalls midway, for some unknown reason, but the final 30 mins is amazing. the wedding sequence alone is one of Angelopoulos's greatest set pieces, and is far more integrated into the narrative than it is in other films like Eternity and a Day.