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.
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... www.cinefiches.com
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.
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.