The Traveling Players (O thiasos)
Dir. Theo Angelopoulos. 1975, 222 mins. 35mm. With Eva Kotamanidou, Aliki Georgouli, Stratos Pahis. Angelopoulos weaves through time, as the troupe of actors in The Traveling Players moves through the landscape of Greek history in the years between 1939 and 1952. Violence and politics infect the players’ lives, as their story becomes a doomed Oresteia enacted as the Greek left is crushed during the Second World War and its aftermath under British liberation and then the Marshall Plan. The Traveling Players has the scope of a David Lean epic with none of the heroics. The film is an anti-epic, bravura in its camera movements yet micro-concentrated on events in the collective life of the film’s central characters.
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