The Weeping Meadow

The Weeping Meadow

DVD (Wide Screen)

Overview

Master Greek filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos wrote and directed this downbeat look at his nation's often blighted history, as seen through the eyes of an unfortunate young couple. In 1919, a band of Greek refugees who had found a home in Odessa are forced to return to their homeland following the Russian Revolution, and they settle in Thessaloniki, a forbidding riverside village where few wish to dwell. Eleni is a youngster who arrives in Thessaloniki and is taken in by Spyros (Vassilis Kolovos), one of the village leaders. While Eleni is raised as a member of the family alongside Alexis, Spyros' son, the two find themselves attracted to one another as they grow older, and they pledge to someday marry. By the age of 16, Eleni (Alexandra Aidini) becomes pregnant by Alexis (Nikos Poursadinis), and she gives birth to twins, which Spyros puts up for adoption. However, after the death of his wife, Spyros declares that he will make the now-grown Eleni his new spouse. Eleni and Alexis see no choice but to run away together, and they join up with a band of traveling musicians led by Nikos (Giorgos Armenis). But an angry Spyros declares that he will find the runaways, while Eleni and Alexis attempt to stay one step ahead of him while searching for their lost children. Theo Angelopoulos announced that The Weeping Meadow will be the first film in a trilogy which will represent his final works.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/19/2006
UPC: 0717119961640
Original Release: 2004
Rating: NR
Source: New Yorker Video
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 2:43:00

Special Features

Interview with the director; Theatrical trailer; Scene selections; Enhanced for 16x9 tv's; Optional English subtitles; Optional 5.1 surround sound

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alexandra Aidini Eleni
Nikos Poursanidis Alexis
Giorgos Armenis Nikos, The Fiddler
Vassilis Kolovos Spyros
Eva Kotamanidou Cassandra
Toula Stathopoulou Woman In Coffee House
Michalis Yannatos Zissis, The Clarinetist
Thalia Argyrion Danae
Grigoris Evangelatos Teacher

Technical Credits
Theo Angelopoulos Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Marinos Athanasopoulos Sound/Sound Designer
Kostas Dimitriadis Art Director
Fivi Ekonomopoulos Producer
Tonino Guerra Screenwriter
Eleni Karaindrou Score Composer
Petros Markaris Screenwriter
Giorgos Patsas Art Director
Nikos Sekeris Executive Producer
Giorgio Silvagni Screenwriter
Andreas Sinanos Cinematographer
Julia Stavridou Costumes/Costume Designer
Giorgos Triantafillou Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Weeping Meadow
1. Who Are You? [3:21]
2. Opening Credits [2:17]
3. Eleni's Back [10:15]
4. The Bride Has Gone! [6:54]
5. I Know You're Here [10:34]
6. The Musicians' Hangout [7:45]
7. Someone's Watching Us [1:39]
8. I Got Us a Gig [10:26]
9. The Audition [12:29]
10. Reunited [4:43]
11. Popular Front [2:38]
12. Trade Union Dance [11:51]
13. The Funeral [9:23]
14. The Flood [12:43]
15. Fascism Is Spreading [3:24]
16. Nikos! [9:43]
17. The Boat to America [5:17]
18. Prison [8:22]
19. Field of Honor [3:32]
20. I'm in Exile [9:28]
21. Damn Civil War [6:49]
22. The Big House [6:02]

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THE WEEPING MEADOW ('Trilogia I: To Livadi pou dakryzei') is writer/director Theodoros Angelopoulos (with influences from Tonino Guerra plus assistance from Petros Markaris and Giorgio Silvagni) creating a personal vision of the 20th century. The incredibly gifted Greek poet of a filmmaker mirrored the life and death of his own mother whose time on earth spanned a century and elected to capture the 100 years of sadness in a trilogy of films: The Weeping Meadow is Part I and details the years 1919 through 1949. It is a masterwork. The film opens with what will be the trademark look of the movie - vistas of lonely people in a nearly monochromatic color space that uses water, both from rain and the collected results of rain. A group of refugees from Odessa have landed by a river in Thessaloniki where they must attempt to reconstruct their lives. Among them is a family - a wife and husband with their young son and a three-year-old orphan Eleni they have protected. The entire movie seems to be in slow motion, but that is just the studied, unhurried rhythm of Angelopoulos' direction. As time passes we find that Eleni at a very early age has just given birth to twin boys while she has been sent away for the family's appearances: the father is the young son of the family. The story progresses through the World Wars, the civil wars, the influence of Hitler and Mussolini, the natural disasters of floods and disease, the social disparities of class, the rise of unions, the fall of democracy - all mirrored in the family that is trying to make the chaos of living in Greece resemble some sort of order. The young man is a musician and once he and Eleni have reunited with their twin boys, he decides he will go to America, the land of Promise for poverty stricken refugees, to work and make enough money to bring Eleni and the twins to America. But in his absence the progressive civil unrest and poverty the three endure in his absence results in the ultimate dissolution of the family. The story is less important than the moods evoked. The cinematography by Andreas Sinanos is a long gallery of miraculously composed, beautiful images: the cortege on the river, the flapping white sheets behind which we discover musicians, the constant vistas of the ocean and the river, the village and the battlegrounds burn themselves onto our visual fields and into memory. The gorgeous music that accompanies this symphonic work is by Eleni Karaindrou, mixing folksongs with wondrous symphonic moments. The cast is superb: they manage to create very specific people despite the fact that we rarely see them up close. But in the end this visual treasure is the extraordinary work of Theodoros Angelopoulos. If this is Part I of a Trilogy (at almost three hours running time), we can only imagine the power that will follow in the Parts II and III. Experiencing THE WEEPING MEADOW takes patience and a long uninterrupted period of time the rewards are immeasurably fine. In Greek with English subtitles. Grady Harp