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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A difficult film—few of the characters are named, dialogue is minimal, the script plays loose with chronology, and if you don't already know modern Greek history and ancient Greek myths, you may need to use Wikipedia like a goddamn libretto. But as it envelopes you, it is a masterpiece: the life of a nation as an odyssey, where Eternity and the 20th century coil around each other and raise so many emotions and ideas.
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.
Angelopoulos can be a difficult director to grasp, and The Traveling Players is perhaps his most cohesive and overall impressive work, depicting the rape Greece experienced before, during and after WWII by other nations. I admit that much of its history escaped me and that the film needs multiple viewings to grasp the full story but it’s well worth it.
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.