#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – A, a Greek filmmaker living in exile in the United States, returns to his native Ptolemas to attend a special screening of one of his extremely controversial films. But A’s real interest lies elsewhere–the mythical reels of the very first film shot by the Manakia brothers, who, at the dawn of the age of cinema, tirelessly criss-crossed the Balkans and, without regard for national and ethnic strife, recorded the region’s history and customs. Did these primitive, never-developed images really exist? If so, where are they? – “Why A? It’s an alphabetical choice. Every filmmaker remembers the first time he looked through the viewfinder of a camera. It is a moment that is not so much the discovery of cinema–but the discovery of the world. But there comes a moment when the filmmaker begins to doubt his own capacity to see things, when he no longer knows if his gaze is right and innocent.” –Theo Angelopoulos
Plot: “A,” a Greek filmmaker living in exile in the United States, returns to his native Ptolemas to attend a special screening of one of his extremely controversial films. But A’s real interest lies elsewhere–the mythical reels of the very first film shot by the Manakia brothers, who, at the dawn of the age of cinema, tirelessly criss-crossed the Balkans and, without regard for national and ethnic strife, recorded the region’s history and customs. Did these primitive, never-developed images really exist?
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Very successful mix of political and personal history
Justly famous for being one of the last remaining directors still doing extraordinary cinema, in this film Angelopoulos celebrates the end of Communism in Eastern Europe, while, at the same time, looking with touching sensitivity into the lives of people molded by recent (and less recent) History. Some of the scenes related to History have already become classic, but, personally, I was more impressed by the description of the way this History affected individuals and families. Although the media has covered so amply the tragic events in the Balkans and (to a lesser extent) the external aspects of people’s life, very little has been said about more human aspects which, after all, will keep affecting them for many, many years to come. In my opinion, this film offers the most complete, convincing and respectful take on the affected people’s emotions, memories and relations among the (few) films, documentaries and books touching on the theme.
The scale is epic both geographically and chronologically and since Angelopoulos manages to move easily between dream and reality (one of the biggest problems facing cinema directors), the personal stories are nicely interwoven with History. Angelopoulos’ characteristic long takes, in this instance serve more than giving the film a poetic atmosphere. It is necessary for his goal of looking carefully on individuals’ lives and describe their joys and sorrows.
In terms of execution, there were some flaws (especially in technicalities of directing of actors) but, frankly, I don’t mind that, if the alternative is perfectly executed films but lacking interesting ideas.
Wow! As good as it gets
I have never seen a film which promised so much. I can imagine that ten viewings from now, I will have only begun to understand all that is buried in this dense, complex, contemplative masterpiece.
This isn’t a quick-thrill film, but the rewards it offers to its viewers are immense. If nothing else, it demonstrates what a true master of cinema can produce. Few directors have reached this height, perhaps Dryer, Welles, and Kirasawa. If you love the art of cinema, with all of the complexities its varied language can offer, see this film.
Original Language el
Runtime 2 hr 56 min (176 min)
Genre Drama, War
Director Theodoros Angelopoulos
Writer Theodoros Angelopoulos, Tonino Guerra, Petros Markaris
Actors Harvey Keitel, Maia Morgenstern, Erland Josephson
Country Greece, France, Italy, Germany, United Kingdom, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Romania, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Awards 12 wins & 7 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.66 : 1
Laboratory Laboratoires Éclair, Paris, France
Film Length 4,929 m
Negative Format 35 mm (Eastman EXR 200T 5293, EXR 500T 5296)
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm