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The Weeping Meadow, Theo Angelopoulous
Greece • 2004 • 170 mins • Color • In Greek with English subtitles
With The Weeping Meadow, one of filmmaking’s greatest remaining masters embarks on his crowning achievement: a projected trilogy whose goal is nothing less than “a poetic summing up of the century that just ended.” This first panel, spanning 1919-1949, begins with a group of Greek refugees from Odessa settling on a piece of land that was promised to them just outside of Thessaloniki. Led by Spyros, a member of the Greek bourgeoisie and a leading figure of the Greek community in Odessa, the refugees name this land New Odessa. Here begins the love story between Alexis, son of Spyros, and Eleni, an orphan adopted by Spyros’ family during their journey to New Odessa. Growing up together, Alexis and Eleni never quite build the “brother & sister” relationship one might expect, but instead form a deep love for one another that will lead Eleni, like another heroine in ancient Greek tragedy, through all the tribulations of Hellenism and of the history of the 20th century.
The ambition of Angelopoulos’s concept is matched by the grandeur of his style, which takes his majestically fluid camerawork to new heights of virtuosity and produces a steady stream of stunning images. An ornate theater is converted into a refugee tenement, a tree is festooned with slaughtered sheep, a funeral flotilla glides across a lake’s mirrored surface, and an apocalyptic flood drowns the refugees’ village, leaving the skeletons of abandoned houses. More boldly than ever, Angelopoulos juggles foreground and background, personal and political, story and history into an epic vision. –© New Yorker Films
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