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The Travelling Players

  • Drama
  • History
  • 1975
  • Theo Angelopoulos
  • 230 mins
  • X

Summary

Political drama starring Eva Kotamanidou. A theatrical troupe touring Greece experience the turbulent political events in the country from 1939-52, including General Metaxas's dictatorship, the German occupation during the Second World War and the postwar chaos which culminated in a bloody civil war.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

The central instalment in director Theo Angelopoulos's "trilogy of history" that also includes Days of '36 (1972) and The Hunters (1977), this epic exploration of post-Civil War Greece (which won international acclaim and a number of awards when it was first released) was partially made in secret during the military junta of 1967-74. Sprawling to nearly four hours, it makes extensive use of lingering long takes as a troupe of itinerant players and their (constantly interrupted) interpretation of a rustic idyll entitled Golfo the Shepherdess traverse 12 years of political turmoil (1939-52). With its stately pace and obscure references to mythology and contemporary events, the film requires patience. But its power and intelligence more than repay the effort.

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Credits

Cast

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ElectraEva Kotamanidou
MotherAliki Georgoulis
AgamemnonStratos Pachis
ClytemnestraMaris Vassiliou
AegisthosVaneglis Kazan
OrestesPetros Zarkadis
AccordionistYannis Firios
PoetGrigoris Evangelatos

Crew

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DirectorTheo Angelopoulos

Details

Theatrical distributor
BFI / Greek Film Centre
Released on
2003-11-07
Languages
English | German | Greek
Formats
Colour
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