1961-1970ArthouseGreeceRomanceTakis Kanellopoulos

Takis Kanellopoulos – Parenthesi AKA Interlude (1968)

An affair–parenthesis in the dull life of two people (Angelos Antonopoulos and Alexandra Ladikou), who meet by chance on a railway trip and spend a few hours together while the train is stuck in a station.

Review by PSiF:
Takis Kanellopoulos was one of the first prominent auteurs of ‘New Greek Cinema.’ His 1960 documentary short ‘Wedding in Macedonia,’ awarded at Thessaloniki Greek Film Festival, was quite a revelation in its originality establishing a major trend for new promising film-makers who were to produce lots of compelling shorts, whether documentaries or fiction, in the years to come. However the real Kanellopoulos’ breakthrough was his debut feature film ‘Ouranos’ (Glory Sky / Ciel, 1963), a sad and lyrical anti-war film focusing on disenchanted soldiers returning back home. ‘Ouranos,’ thematically and in narrative style, was a break with anything done before – and, often, after – in the genre of war drama in Greek cinema. Though ‘Observer’ included ‘Ouranos’ in the 10 best films of 1963 and despite the many admirers of the film, among them Jean-Paul Sartre and Federico Fellini, this early gem of ‘New Greek Cinema’ remains virtually unknown and is unavailable in DVD or other digital format. The later oblivion of Kanellopoulos oeuvre can be largely attributed to his extremely personal, minimalist, lyrical and anti-narrative style that found no followers and went out of fashion with arthouse film aficionados early on. Kanellopoulos’ third feature ‘Parenthesi (Interlude)’ was meant to be his last critically acclaimed film winning 4 awards at Thessaloniki Festival. In this film director consolidated his mature style involving ‘lyrical tableaux’ set against the voice-over narration, absence of dialogue, non-naturalistic colours corresponding to distilled memories / emotions, and sheer minimalism. ‘Parenthesi’ is based on Noel Coward’s play ‘Still Life,’ the same one which David Lean’s ‘Brief Encounter’ is based on. Kanellopoulos, for sure, takes many steps further the core elements of inner soliloquy and recounting of memories depleting the story from almost any pragmatic reference.

1.19GB | 1h 25m | 696×572 | mkv



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