sábado, 13 de outubro de 2012

Uma Luz Demasiado Forte

HORTON: Can you say something about your new script?
ANGELOPOULOS: It concerns a filmmaker who has lost the will to make films. One day while he is visiting the sacred island of Delos, the birth-place of Apollo, from a crack in the ground a marble head of Apollo mysteriously rises from the ground and shatters into many pieces. The filmmaker tries to take a picture of this event, but when he develops it, he sees that nothing appears. You see, the head had emerged from the spot where Apollo, the god of light, had first appeared. The light at such a spot, the source of light, was too strong for the camera! (Angeloupoulos smiles.) This event leads him to think about the first film ever made in the Balkans and he learns that there was one film that was never developed. The film then becomes the filmmaker's search for this film and for his own need for inspiration, across the Balkans: Bulgaria, Greece, Skopje, Albania, Romania, Belgrade, and finally Sarajevo. (He details a few more plot turns.) Finally in Sarajevo in the bombed-out film archive as bombs go off around him, he is able to see this first film, which a film archivist in Sarajevo at last develops. It is a 1902 black-and-white silent film of an actor playing Odysseus, washed up on the shore of Ithaca at the end of the voyage. The actor-Odysseus looks out at the filmmaker and across the twentieth century: Ulysses' Gaze is completed!

entrevista a Angelopoulos em 1993, parcialmente publicada em 
Andrew Horton, The Films of Theo Angelopoulos. A Cinema of Contemplation.
Princeton University Press, Princeton: 1999 [2ª edição].  

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