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A Tribute to Das Kleine Fernsehspiel/ZDF: Alternative Filmmaking in Television

A Tribute to Das Kleine Fernsehspiel/ZDF: Alternative Filmmaking in Television

Wednesday, November 14, 1979
7:30 p.m. The Huntsmen (Die Jager/I Kinigui)
Theo Angelopoulos (1977)

Bay Area Premiere!
Introduced by Eckart Stein


In Wheeler Auditorium

Admission: $2.50

The Huntsmen is the last part of a trilogy which started with Days of 36 (1972) and The Travelling Players (1975). “This trilogy is a reflection on the history of Greece from 1936 until today. More precisely, it is how a man of my generation sees Greek history, a history whose continuation blends with the years of my own life. The Huntsmen is a study of the historical conscience of the Greek bourgeoisie. In Greece, the ruling class is afraid of history and, for this reason, hides it. The subject of The Huntsmen starts from this ascertainment.”

—Theo Angelopoulos

“The new film by Angelopoulos is not so much a sequel to The Travelling Players as a similarly formal dramatisation of the years 1949 to 1976 in Greece. Once again Angelopoulos breaks away from chronological order and from generalisations... a poetic dimension is added to drama and history by structuring the film along the lines of a myth. On New Year’s Eve, 1976, a shooting party in northern Greece finds a young man’s body in the snow. It is perfectly preserved, the wound over the heart is still fresh, though by his uniform he seems to be a partisan, one of the thousands killed in the Civil War from 1947 to 1949. The inquest begins. Angelopoulos’s unique technique of merging poetic metaphor and historic reconstruction, as the hunters make their statements to the police, begins. Each of the party views the body on the makeshift bier: the colonel, the businessman, the politician, the editor, the building contractor with leftist sympathies, and the wives all recall whichever twist of Greek history was the most decisive in shaping their lives. Each actor holds the camera for his or her turn, not by monologues, but by acting out each crucial confrontation, election or coup d’état. Then after a natural break for coffee or drinks, the recollections of the next person are dramatised.”

—Mari Kuttna

• Directed by Theo Angelopoulos. Produced by Theo Angelopoulos with ZDF and INA (France). ZDF Production Executive, Maya Faber-Jansen. Screenplay by Angelopoulos and Stratis Karras. Photographed by George Arvantis. With Elias Stamatiou, Aliki Giogouli, G. Danis. (1977, 165 mins, 35mm, color, English titles, Print Courtesy of Theo Angelopoulos Productions and The Goethe Institute)