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His bleak landscapes, slow editing pace and long spells without any dialogue meant his movies did not always please filmgoers or critics.
American film critic Roger Ebert wrote of “Ulysses’ Gaze”: “There is a temptation to give ‘Ulysses’ Gaze’ the benefit of the doubt: To praise it for its vision, its daring, its courage, its great length. But I would not be able to look you in the eye if you went to see it, because how could I deny that it is a numbing bore?”
In a rare television interview last year, Angelopoulos said his next film was to be about Greece’s major financial crisis. He publicly called on rival political parties to work together to try and ease the hardships facing many Greeks.
“I remain a leftist in total confusion,” he told state-run NET television.
Several months later, the country’s two main rival political parties agreed to form a coalition government to tackle Greece’s enormous debt problems.
“This is an emergency situation. We must realize this. So we must all examine what can be done _ the left and right. This is my plea,” he said in the interview. “I am afraid of what tomorrow will bring.”
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