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Theo Angelopoulos

The Travelling Players (O thiasos)

Edition 2021
230' - 1975 - Historical, Drama, Music/Musical - Dialogue: German, English, Greek
Director: Theo Angelopoulos Composer: Loukianos Kilaidonis With: Eva Kotamanidou, Vangelis Kazan, Aliki Georgouli
The Travelling Players is Angelopoulos' most layered, complex work. It's a film of epic esthetic proportions.
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. It reveals the period's turbulent history while focusing on a travelling company of actors who spend those fourteen years wandering through provinces, cities and villages, performing, in increasingly threadbare circumstances, a 19th century pastoral melodrama, Persiadis' Golfo the Shepherdess. They never get to finish the play and the tranquil sheep painted on their back cloth gaze down upon generations of anguish and bloodshed. The passage of history reverberates in individual incidents or is summarized in symbols. These sad, shabby, often hungry folk, whose relationship is based on the family of the House of Atreus, are of varying political hues - from active collaborators with the Nazis (Aegisthus), to opportunists (Chrysothemis), to centrist Greek patriots (Agamemnon), to the apolitical (Clytemnestra), to left-wing idealists (Electra), to communist guerillas (Orestes). And they fill these roles as much as they do the mythic ones of wandering general, faithless wife, betrayer or vengeful son. As they travel amid the constant wartime convulsions, they begin, unconsciously, to enact parallels to Aeschylus' tragic cycle. (theoangelopoulos.gr)
“The film consists of only eighty takes in its four hours and each is an amazing experience.” - Films and Filming

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Credits

Director

Theo Angelopoulos

Composer

Loukianos Kilaidonis

With

Eva Kotamanidou, Vangelis Kazan, Aliki Georgouli

Scenario

Theo Angelopoulos

Director of Photography

Giorgos Arvanitis

Editor

Takis Davlopoulos

Producer

Giorgos Papalios

Production studios

Production Companies

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Dialogue

German, English, Greek

Countries of production

Greece

Year

1975

Filmography

Theo Angelopoulos
Forminx Story (1965), Broadcast (short, 1968), Anaparastasi (1970), Days of '36 (1972), The Travelling Players (1975), The Hunters (1977), Alexander the Great (1980), Athens, Return to the Acropolis (1983), Voyage to Cythera (1984), The Beekeeper (1986), Landscape in the Mist (1988), The Suspended Step of the Stork (1991), Ulysses' Gaze (1995), Eternity and a Day (1998), Trilogy I: The Weeping Meadow (2004), Trilogy II: The Dust of Time (2008), Mundo Invisível (segment, 2012)

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