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THEO ANGELOPOULOS COLLECTION VOL.1Theo Angelopoulos is Greece's most celebrated filmmaker and has been acclaimed by British critics Derek Malcolm and David Thompson as one of the world's greatest living directors.
His body of work examines the history of modern Greece from a social and political perspective.
This first set includes Reconstruction (1970) Days of '36 (1972) The Travelling Players (1975) and The Hunters (1977).
In his debut feature, Angelopoulos is concerned with the collapse of the traditional rural community and its social and economic consequences. While he draws on a true story, Angelopoulos (who also plays a TV reporter) is less interested in the fact that a worker returning from Germany is murdered by his wife and her gamekeeper lover, than in the dereliction of a shared history symbolised by the couple turning against each other under interrogation.
DAYS OF '36 (1972)
The assassin of a prominent trade unionist takes a conservative MP hostage and the government prevaricates over tactics so as not to alienate potential political allies.
THE TRAVELLING PLAYERS (1975)
This epic masterpiece 'employs an achronological structure and a bold mix of tableaux, monologues, slogans and songs to emphasise the fragmentation of Greece in the face of such momentous events as the pro-monarchy Metaxas dictatorship, the Nazi occupation, the Civil War and restoration of democracy'.
[comp. David Parkinson on Moviemail]
THE HUNTERS (1975)
During a hunting party on New Year's Eve 1976, five representatives of the bourgeoisie encounter with their companion the body of a partisan from the Civil War of the late forties. What they are most confused about is the fact that the corpse that lies at their feet is still bleeding…