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Ulysses’ Gaze, The Tin Drum, Sounds and Silence, Landscape in the Mist,


ULYSSES’ GAZE

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
NameUlysses’s Gaze
DirectorTheodoros Angelopoulos
Run Time2 hours and 56 minutes
Release DateOctober 2002
ActorsHarvey Keitel, Erland Josephson, Maia Morgenstern, Thanasis Vengos, Giorgos Mihalakopoulos
Format DVD
LanuageEnglish
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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.
NameThe Tin Drum Die Blechtrommel
DirectorVolker Schlöndorff
Run Time2 hours and 43 minutes
Release Date1979
ActorsDavid Bennent
Format Blu-ray Disc
LanuageDeutsch / German
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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.
NameSounds and Silence – Travels with Manfred Eicher
DirectorPeter Guyer and Norbert Wiedmer
Run Time87 minutes
Release Date2011
Format DVD
Lanuage / SubMulti-lingual – German, English, French
ECM#5050
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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.

NameLandscape In The Mist
DirectorTheo Angelopoulos
Run Time127 minutes
Release Date2011
Format DVD
Lanuage / SubMulti-lingual – Greek, – English and French
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