Theo Angelopoulos’s O Thiasos/The Travelling Players (1975) and Oi Kynigoi/The Hunters (1977) and how they affect the Brechtian Project

Kosmidou, SE 2017, 'Theo Angelopoulos’s O Thiasos/The Travelling Players (1975) and Oi Kynigoi/The Hunters (1977) and how they affect the Brechtian Project' , Journal of Modern Greek Studies, 35 (2) . (In Press)

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Abstract

Theo Angelopoulos’s The Travelling Players (1975) and The Hunters (1977) have been widely characterized as Brechtian mainly because of the filmmak¬er’s use of defamiliarization effects (V-effects) and the disrupted chronology in these films, but without close attention to the cinematic ways in which these films inflect, expand, and critique Brechtian aesthetics. Angelopoulos makes use of Brechtian techniques that invite spectatorial contemplation. In contrast to Brechtian epic theater, however, these two Angelopoulos films aes¬thetically and ideologically are characterized by melancholy and pessimism as opposed to Brecht’s optimism and progressive view. After exploring the concept of left-wing melancholy, on the one hand, and Brechtian aesthetics, on the other, specifically Brecht’s recommendations for a critically engaging theatre that makes the audience think and respond, this article studies The Travelling Players and The Hunters in relation to Brechtian aesthetics to argue that they offer a cyclical view of history representative of left-wing melancholy as opposed to a teleological, progressive Brechtian view.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Modern Greek Studies
Publisher: John Hopkins University Press
ISSN: 0738-1727
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Depositing User: S Kosmidou
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2017 12:45
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2017 14:38
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/43600

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