, Ulysses’ Gaze The Tin Drum, , Sounds and Silence Landscape in the Mist,
The Greek director Theo Angelopoulos, winner of the top prize at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival for Eternity and a Day, will never build an audience of casual filmgoers. But then he doesn’t mean to. Demanding, difficult, portentous, Angelopoulos makes films in his own deliberate style: sometimes awe-inspiring, sometimes mystifying. When he’s at his best, as in the beautiful and devastating Landscape in the Mist, the results can be spellbinding. Ulysses’ Gaze is a typically fascinating, typically long (three hours) work. Harvey Keitel, moving through the film at an intense murmur, plays a Greek filmmaker known only as “A.” After many years in America, he returns home for an odyssey in search of some early film footage shot in the Balkans, a quest that leads him through that war-torn area and finally into the bombed-out city of Sarajevo. Angelopoulos establishes such a dreamlike rhythm, and his images (like a giant stone head of Lenin, floating down a river) are so striking, that adventurous filmgoers should find this experience absorbing, if enigmatic. On the other hand, Roger Ebert described Ulysses’ Gaze as “a numbing bore.” But even he would probably admit that no one else on earth makes movies quite like Theo Angelopoulos. –Robert Horton
Name Ulysses’s Gaze Director Theodoros Angelopoulos Run Time 2 hours and 56 minutes Release Date October 2002 Actors Harvey Keitel, Erland Josephson, Maia Morgenstern, Thanasis Vengos, Giorgos Mihalakopoulos Format DVD Lanuage English TOP
THE TIN DRUM
Now available, the complete director’s cut Oskar is born in Germany in 1924 with an advanced intellect. Repulsed by the hypocrisy of adults and the irresponsibility of society, he refuses to grow older after his third birthday. While the chaotic world around him careers toward the madness and folly of World War II, Oskar pounds incessantly on his beloved tin drum and perfects his uncannily piercing shrieks. The Tin Drum, which earned the Palme d’Or at Cannes and the Academy Award for best foreign-language film, is Volker Schlöndorff’s visionary adaptation of Nobel laureate Günter Grass’s acclaimed novel, characterized by surreal imagery, arresting eroticism, and clear-eyed satire.
Name The Tin Drum Die Blechtrommel Director Volker Schlöndorff Run Time 2 hours and 43 minutes Release Date 1979 Actors David Bennent Format Blu-ray Disc Lanuage Deutsch / German TOP
ECM – SOUNDS AND SILENCE
Sounds and Silence – Travels with Manfred Eicher A Film by Peter Guyer and Norbert Wiedmer DVD release of the acclaimed documentary film which won the Berner Film Prize 2009 and is nominated for the Swiss Film Prize. It follows ECM producer Manfred Eicher to sessions, concerts and festivals around the globe, the search for sounds leading from Gräfelfing to Athens, from Udine to Carthage, from Tallinn to Pernes-les-Fontaines, from Copenhagen to Salta, Argentina. Featured musicians include Arvo Pärt, Eleni Karaindrou, Dino Saluzzi, Anja Lechner, Jan Garbarek, Kim Kashkashian, Nik Bärtsch, Gianluigi Trovesi, Anouar Brahem, Marilyn Mazur and more.
Name Sounds and Silence – Travels with Manfred Eicher Director Peter Guyer and Norbert Wiedmer Run Time 87 minutes Release Date 2011 Format DVD Lanuage / Sub Multi-lingual – German, English, French ECM# 5050 TOP
LANDSCAPE IN THE MIST
In Greece, young Voula (Tania Palaiologou) and her little brother, Alexandros (Michalis Zeke), think that their dad is in Germany, so they decide to pack up and search for him. During their life-changing trek, they meet the kindly Orestis (Stratos Tzortzoglou), who looks after them for a time. Eventually, the children decide to resume their quest, but they are forced to deal with the brutal realities of being alone in the world as they wander through an unforgiving winter landscape.
Name Landscape In The Mist Director Theo Angelopoulos Run Time 127 minutes Release Date 2011 Format DVD Lanuage / Sub Multi-lingual – Greek, – English and French TOP