The Travelling Players is a film of epic proportions. The action takes place during the years 1939-52 and is seen as a series of individual, often inexplicable events or tableaux, commentated by monologues, by slogans written on the walls, or by songs.
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Work of art, pure joy. The mysterious quality this exceptional film possesses is what I loved the most. It's almost as if the ghosts of the past (the travelling players and the other townspeople) are walking through history that has already happened. But don't think of it as a difficult or inaccessible film, just let it speak for itself and you will be transfixed on the screen in amazement. Very highly recommended.
Remarkable camerawork can't make up for a tedious pace that lacks motivation and the film's rampant misogyny. Based on the two Angelopoulos films I've seen, the only dramatic scenes he likes to include are of sexual assault. No thank you. I'll let the rest of you enjoy this guy and I'll be on my way.
Une oeuvre essentielle du cinéma mondial, qui dégage une pertinente réflexion politique sur une page dramatique de l'histoire de la Grèce, totalement maîtrisée dans sa forme, son discours, servie et soutenue par la magistrale interprétation de ses comédiens et la richesse dialectique de son déroulement...
the most important parts described with speech based on witnesses' observations like a tale. Director doesnt want to focus rhum immigration from anatolia or scenes of carnage occurred during the civil war days.the characters are very obscure and it is difficult to adopt in film. İt seems like kusturica's underground but more tarkovskyesque and serious one.
This definitely requires patience as Angelopoulos remains unflinchingly consistent to this artistic vision. The tracking shots are fantastic, starting in one period and ending in another. I'm not sure how Angelopoulos has remained so relatively unknown.