Sunday, 5 February 2017

The Travelling Players


Legendary Grecian director Theo Angelopoulos’ The Travelling Players (O Thiassos in its native tongue) is the slice-of-life story of a troupe of travelling musicians on the road around their country from 1939 to 1952. It runs at a whopping 3 hours and 42 minutes and is comprised solely of long takes- all that time spent in just eighty shots. Yet despite this intimidating length and particular style Angelopoulos’ film forges an incomparably compelling visual language through careful shifts of the camera and a near constant flow of movement in both cinematography and action which keeps the eye constantly engaged without ever becoming tiresome. The absence of narrative could also be a problem however, as you shall discover, its endless arsenal of masterful scenes prevent that from ever becoming an issue…