(aka "The Travelling Players" or "O Thiassos" )


directed by Theo Angelopoulos
Greece 1975


Made, incredibly, under the noses of the military police during the Colonels' regime, Angelopoulos' film examines, with a passionate radicalism, the labyrinth of Greek politics around that country's agonising civil war. This is done through the eyes of a troupe of actors, whose pastoral folk drama Golfo the Shepherdess is continually interrupted as they become unwitting spectators of the political events that ultimately polarise them. This slow, complex, four-hour film will obviously provide problems for people raised on machine-gun cutting techniques. Editing is very restrained, and some takes last up to five minutes, but the stately pace of the film soon becomes compulsive; and the shabby provincial Greece of rusting railway tracks and flaking facades which the slow camera examines is visually beguiling. The closing passage, when one of the actors is buried after being executed, and his colleagues spontaneously raise their hands above their heads to applaud not a performance but a life, is an incredibly moving moment.


Theatrical Release: July 1975 (Berlin International Film Festival)

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DVD Review: New Star - Region 2 - PAL

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Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 3:42:01 (4% PAL speedup)

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.62 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Greek (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Subtitles Optional: English & French
Features Release Information:
Studio: New Star

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

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DVD Release Date:

Chapters 17



Comments This is the Greek DVD of Angelopoulos breakthrough-movie The Travelling Players. Angelopoulos have been underrepresented on DVD (with English subtitles) for long now, but the Greek label New Star have started to do something about it. First 3 releases was Weeping Meadow, Ulysses Gaze and The Travelling Players. Looks like Eternity and a day, Landscape in the Mist, Dayss of 36, Suspend Steps of the Stork & The Hunters will come now in September. All New Star DVDs have transfers supervised by Director Theo Angelopoulos and English and French subtitles.

The Travelling Players looks really good even though it's a over three and a half hour film squeezed into one DVD9. Sound is original mono and it sounds good. Subtitles are clear, white and optional. Menus are in Greek, but I hade no problem to understand how to get the English subtitles and start the movie. The only bad thing with this movie is the price, I bought it for 35$ on xploitedcinema.com.

 - Arvid



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