Theo Angelopoulos, one of the most treasured filmmakers of the 20th century, died on January 24, 2012 at the age of 76. This lecture is a tribute to the artist and his art on the occasion of the one year anniversary of his so untimely and tragic death.
Building on his own research, which includes two published books and numerous essays on Angelopoulos’ films as well as over thirty years of interviews with the director, Dr. Horton will share the nature and importance of Angelopoulos’ films with clips from films including Eternity and a Day (1998), Ulysses’ Gaze (1995), and The Weeping Meadow (2004). He will explore how Angelopoulos often brought the present, history and myth together in a single sequence or shot, thus offering us who live in a frenzied paced world, a “cinema of contemplation”, in which we as viewers are free to enter scenes and characters on a variety of levels that are not possible in the non-stop swift editing pace of most of contemporary Hollywood cinema.
Dr. Andrew Horton is the Jeanne H. Smith Professor of Film and Media Studies, University of Oklahoma. An award winning screenwriter and author of twenty seven books on film, screenwriting, literature and culture including The Films of Theo Angelopoulos: A Cinema of Contemplation (Princeton U. Press, 1999).