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The Cinema of Theo Angelopoulos$
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Angelos Koutsourakis and Mark Steven

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748697953

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748697953.001.0001

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Landscape in the Mist:Thinking Beyond the Perimeter Fence

Landscape in the Mist:Thinking Beyond the Perimeter Fence

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(p.206) Chapter 13 Landscape in the Mist:Thinking Beyond the Perimeter Fence
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The Cinema of Theo Angelopoulos
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Stephanie Hemelryk Donald

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748697953.003.0013

This chapter examines Theo Angelopoulos' depiction of children in his 1988 film Landscape in the Mist, which meditates on some of the key themes from his larger oeuvre: the repetitions in Greek history, leaving Greece (and staying put), mobility, the courage of children and the fragility of humankind, and God. The key protagonists in Landscape in the Mist are two runaway children, who are sacrificed to redeem an idea of Greece and a belief in paternity, and who possess a kind of innocence that is dangerous. The chapter considers the pensivity in the film and suggests that Landscape in the Mist's progress towards sacrifice is a pensive collaboration between child-protagonists and filmmaker, thinking their way towards a Stygian border beyond which lies the landscape in the mist.

Keywords:   children, Theo Angelopoulos, Landscape in the Mist, Greece, mobility, innocence, sacrifice, pensivity

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