“Simply put, we feel the fictive in reality and the reality of fiction simultaneously in Angelopoulos’s work, with this ‘tag’ note: while Angelopoulos often refers to Brecht and the need for an audience to think as well as feel in theater and cinema, we do not experience anything close to what could be called an ‘alienation effect’ in Brechtian terms. To the contrary, the mixture of theatricality and reality in his films often leads us into a deeper, fuller emotional bond with the film – one that, we could say, embraces our thinking mind as well.”
- 1. Andrew Horton, The Films of Theo Angelopoulos. A Cinema of Contemplation (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1997).