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#1 Max Jacoby

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Posted 16 March 2007 - 04:00 PM

Yesterday I had the rare pleasure to watch Theo Angelopoulos 'The Travelling Players' at the BFI Southbank. This is apparently the only 35mm print still in existence and belongs to Angelopoulos himself. The film itself is very long (230 mins) and to be honest I did not find it as engrossing as his later films. There are a great many characters and I had trouble keepng track of them, because obviously he does not tell a conventional story and his camera is alwyas very distant from the people. Neverthelees there were some very beautiful and long shots in the film.
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#2 Remi Adefarasin

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Posted 22 March 2007 - 11:36 AM

I love the look of that film. Really interesting shots that last almost a mag & never get dull. I love the blocking of the shots. I met the cinematographer, Yorgos Arvanitis, at Camerimage and he told me the whole film was shot with one lens! A 35mm. I feel sad that I will never be allowed to shoot a film with that purity & passion.
Glad you saw it.
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#3 Max Jacoby

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Posted 22 March 2007 - 12:17 PM

Angelopoulos first film, Reconstruction' will be shown at the BFI on the 5th and 13th or April. It's his private 35mm print as well and quite a rare opportunity to see that film.
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Posted 24 March 2007 - 10:30 AM

I feel sad that I will never be allowed to shoot a film with that purity & passion.
Glad you saw it.


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#5 Jason Maeda

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Posted 01 April 2007 - 10:37 PM

Where did you here that his is the only print? I've seen it at least twice and I can't imagine he's sending one print out that often.

You are lucky to have seen this film, it is an excellent work by a master. It is also important as it is his first film to clearly display the style and thematic concerns which would later be indicative of all of Angelopoulos's work.

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#6 Max Jacoby

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Posted 02 April 2007 - 04:49 AM

Geoff Andrew, the programmer of the BFI, introduced the film. I presume that that is only counting official prints, not the ones that various cinematheques over the world have in their archives.
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