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Landscape in the Mist (1989)

Michalis Zeke , Tania Palaiologou , Theodoros Angelopoulos  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michalis Zeke, Tania Palaiologou, Stratos Tzortzoglou, Eva Kotamanidou, Aliki Georgouli
  • Directors: Theodoros Angelopoulos
  • Writers: Theodoros Angelopoulos, Thanassis Valtinos, Tonino Guerra
  • Producers: Theodoros Angelopoulos, Amedeo Pagani, Eric Heumann, Stéphane Sorlat
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Greek
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: New Yorker Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 29, 2005
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009WIE7U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,024 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Landscape in the Mist" on IMDb

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Landscape in the Mist--The DVD version. December 1, 2005
I have been waiting for years for this extraordinary, beautiful film to come out on DVD. The film itself easily rates five stars, or more. But, sadly, not this DVD. The old New Yorker video was woefully inadequate. Unfortunately, New Yorker seems to have done nothing more than transfer the video onto DVD. The ratios are clearly off and the picture quality is very poor. Even the subtitles are ugly. There are no extras worth mentioning (scene selection, if you want to count that.) This is a travesty against one of the greatest cinematic artists of our time. Criterion, are you listening???

Since there are no other available forms, by all means watch the DVD or the video. Just be aware that you are not seeing the work as it was intended by the artist, Theo Angelopoulos--alas, better a poor copy than nothing at all. But hopefully, when Artificial Eye in the UK finally gets around to bringing out their version, they will do more justice to the film.
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45 of 53 people found the following review helpful
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It is hard to explain why I like this movie so much. I think the best way to describe it is that it speaks to my soul, more than any other movie. The film operates on many levels (see Robert Horton's excellent books on Angelopoulos to explore further) such as Greek mythology, modern Greek history, the issues of borders, innocence and growing up, male role models, etc. However, the real power of the movie, I feel, lies in its ability to transport you to a place where the hidden truths of life, those truths that lie under the surface of our every day existence, are openly displayed and heartbreakingly rendered on screen. I think many independent film fans, especially in the US look for films that are realistic. This film is not realistic in the traditional sense, but it arrives at the core of our existence in a poetic way, and in a way that many people mistake for pretentiousness, false symbolism, and unnecessary artiness. The movie speaks volumes to me, and I hope it does to you too.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Landscape in the Mist - The other DVD version November 14, 2006
I agree with a previous reviewer that the transfer of the film on this DVD is an abomination.

The greek company NewStar is releasing (authorized by Angelopoulos) excellent transfers of

his films, including Landscape in the Mist, with english subtitles.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great September 14, 2008
There is a superlative scene in Theo Angelopoulos's 1988 film Landscape In The Mist (''''' '''' '''''' or Topio Stin Omichli) that is amongst the best filmic depictions of sexual abuse ever shown, and should be shown as a primer to Hollywood directors on how to be subtle and poetic, especially when dealing with such terminally PC topics. In it, the young ten or twelve year heroine of the film, Voula (Tania Palaiologou), who is on the run, in search of her nonexistent father (whom her never seen onscreen mother has told the children resides in Germany, even though she has no idea who their father/s is/are), with her five or six year old brother Alexandre (Michalis Zeke), has hitched a ride with a nameless truck driver (Vassilis Kolovos). After he tries to dump the kids off at a truck stop diner, but they follow him, he pulls over on the side of a road, as the boy sleeps. He tells her to get out of the truck, and then grabs her into the body of the truck, which is covered with a sheet, or tarp. Manifestly, he wants to sexually abuse her in some way. The camera never pans away from the back of the truck. We hear nothing, and after a minute or two, the young boy pops out of the truck cab and goes in search of his sister, calling her name. He runs out of frame, and a minute or two later the trucker gets out of the back of the truck. Now, the camera zooms in, slowly, to the truck, so that nothing but its back exists in the frame. Then, we see Voula slowly emerge from under the tarp. Her legs, then body. She looks shell-shocked, and her hands are bloodies. Whether this is from her hymen being broken, and feeling herself, or from an injury given to her by the trucker, or scratching him, we are not sure. The blood is not substantial, although likely too much for a broken hymen. Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
If God makes silence, the children must reinvent the world and return it its lost majesty!

Two fulminating and devastating images support the film: in the beginning of the picture the sister tells the story of the Creation to his brother for him to sleep and the other, in the end when the brother after making the awful journey tells the same story to her sister, whom in this case is frightened. The elder sister writes in the letter to his father this eloquent statement: "We don't know We are so tired that we don't know if we go forward or back, so we lose themselves..."

Let's talk the same Angelopoulos: "We live in a culture which has inherited these myths and it's necessary to destroy them, lessen them to the human dimension. It's an arrangement' s count with my natural heritage. I don't accept the fairy tales, the idea of the fate. I introduce the myth in the politic reality and that becomes history in a very different dimension. It's not an interpretation. I confer a dimension at the level of the man, due he is who makes the history, not the myth."

Silence of God, understood as the silence of the own origins. Voula and Alexandros, two brothers who desperately undertake a journey in search of an impossible and unattainable father, conceived as father, memory, origin and history.

Once more, we assist to the main concernments of this superb filmmaker, the return to historical references. Germany is then, a simple reference pattern, it's the trip what it really maters, with all the painful implications, risks and hazardous consequences this fact brings with it. Like exiled angels, they suffer in silence in an indifferent world that does not care the death of a horse in the middle of the night.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Always poetic and profound with an essential use of words and cinematographic images. One of the best directors ever! Amazon should make all his films available in Instant Video
Published 5 months ago by Maria Elena Alonso
4.0 out of 5 stars Another flawed, near masterwork from Angelopoulos
I seem to have the same reaction to each of Angelopoulos' films; flawed genius. But in each film, what feels flawed and what feels masterful is different. Read more
Published on December 18, 2010 by K. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Landscape in the Mist
This ravishing, utterly dreamlike road fable by Greek master Angelopoulos features some of the most remarkable visual set pieces you will ever see: a wedding party half-buried in... Read more
Published on July 9, 2007 by John Farr
2.0 out of 5 stars shallow symbolism+conflicted logic. (spoilers and stuff)
there is a part in this film where the characters find a strip of film in a trash can. one of the characters (orestes) holds this piece of film up to the light. Read more
Published on August 5, 2002 by "theobrixton"
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgetable Movie for a Life Time
This is an unforgetable movie for a life time to me. Master piece of Art!
Published on April 8, 2000 by Tung-lung Lin
5.0 out of 5 stars A movie not to miss
I saw this movie years ago. Whenever anyone asks what my favorite movie is, my reply is always the same. Read more
Published on April 7, 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars The best movie i ever seen
I saw this greek movie, and i did not even know it was so great, it was late at night and i started crying all the time, it`s a really heavy drama, there are a lot of symbolisms... Read more
Published on January 19, 2000 by Andre Almeida
5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFULLY DIRECTED!!!!!
This film made me cry a lot, I never thought that any other film would provoke me such sadness.
Published on May 7, 1999
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