They resumes, the frame is cut by returning of

They are dancing accompanied with
a joyful sing. We observe to the rhythm of the music and the the
dance. Then the music becomes sorrowful and the celebration is cut
short by the arrival of members from the People’s Confiscation
Committee (PCC), who arrest A.’s uncle, Langilos.While he is going,
he says “1948 brings happiness to all of you” and it is
understand that we suddenly go forward in the time. The dancing
resumes, the frame is cut by returning of PCC members to confiscate
the family’s property, then a man wants to take a family picture to
celebrate 1950 New Year. In
the background, the sounds of communist partizan heard, giving clue
that first
the establishment of communism, then the purges and Stalinist
seizures and finally, in 1950, the authorisation for Greek, Jewish
and Armenian families, the main minorities scattered through the old
Ottoman territories, to emigrate.
A,
who has been off-screen for the last section of this long take,
returns to the frame as his childhood self and the camera zooms upon
his face. A wakes up and understands it was a dream. The long shot
externalizes
his yearn to his childhood, old happy days with his family without
grief, sadness, solitude and thinking the state of his country. His
finner feelings such disconnectin, alienation, distance, nostalgia
are reflected with the long take of New Year Scene.

Along the journey, A run across
several women, all of them played by Maia
Morgenstern; in
several sequences, show up in different characters such as
woman .a
widow, a mother, a chain-smoking romantic redolent of the French New
Wave.
There
must be a meaning under the Angelopouslos’s exceptional
preference. It
can be observed in the scene that after
the the protagonist backs to present, he and Mia go to port to
continue his journey, after learning three reel shot are in Belgrade.
A and Mia make their farewell and A starts to cry. When Mia asks the
reason, he says ” I cry because I can not love you. ” That
dialogue reflects his emotional depression and disappearence of love.
Besides, the scene can be interpreted in a different way that Maia
Morgenstern is shown as a
different characters
unlike before,
as mentioned, and
each of them meet with A
and has
connection and relationship with
him but
all of them fall apart from him. MAybe
he loses someone who loved
before the war and likens every woman figure to her.
Deprivation and sorrow caused by war, is again indicated. The
dialogue actually taken from Odysses of Homer. Ulysses, who remained
in Kalipso for seven years, did not love Kalipso and always thought
of Penelope ,thence, he always went to the beach and crying. The
scene in which has so many meaning, shows the Angelepouslos use of
colligating myth with history and perfect reflection of the
psychological states of people in the Balkans.
Besides
the emotional depression, the film also reflects
political demolition of the Balkan countries due to the World War II
and Balkan Wars. The
Vladamir Lenin’s statue is the most power and impressive scene to
reveal that.
In the following port scene, long take of Vladamir Lenin’s statue
is observed. The the camera focuses it and titls from the ground to
the top of the crane,
removing the statu of Lenin’ head. Almost 30 seconds, moving of the
Lenin statue is seen that it is symbol and has a powerful meaning on
it. The war and political messages of Angelepouslos lays under it.
Then A gets on ship in which Lenin statue is(?),
it starts to sailing and the camera tracks
forward to the ship. This
sequence is also a long take in
which
people
at the banks of the river follow the ship, running and making the
sign of the cross. It
is known that according to Cristian faith, the cross is taken after
the deaths. For
this reason, that scene is like a funeral and demonstrates it is the
end of the revolution and ruin of the Balkans in
the 20th century.The
sequence is the symbol of the dead of socialism.
Observing
the political theme in
which the sounds of strings are dominant, softly blends with,and
becomes a living part of what we see: the fragments of the statue;
the flowing river;the sailing ship; the running people following the
ship (who,with their detached looks and their queer gestures recall
the chorus members in Greek tragedy). We observe all this from above
and in a long-shot.. At the arrival in Belgrade, with the turning
movement of the camera we can go deep into Lenin’s”stony” gaze
and finger, both directed at some uncertain point in the sky. Lenin’s
finger point out the direction of A’s long journey.
When
A arrives to …. , he meets his friend and they keep going to search
for the three reel. With the frustation of can’t finding them, they
go to a bar. Medium close of two men drinking and toast to their
losses, memorialize their friend, woeful music in the background.
“…………………………” . With that sorrowful scene, the
seperation, losses and gried caused by the war, are again emphasize
in the long shot. “”
A
meets a woman
in
a black dress cover-up his body ( Mia ) who stays away from her home
and decide to go … secretly over the river in dark night. The long
take of voyage from the night to other day, they arrive to her home.
The widow encounter the destroyed home and understands
her husband is
dead and
screams, cries sadly. A is off-screen, the camera zooms her face,
reflecting her grief and shock. The next morning, A wakes up naked in
her house, the camera pans left, showing the woman washing clothes,
singing a sorrowful song, the she comes back to house put out her
husband’s clothes from
crate and give
them to A. In sequences of long take, we witness the grief and
aloneless of the war widow. She loses her home, her husband, her life
in a way. She tries to fills
emptiness, increase her anguish even with a stranger.

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A
finally arrives his last station of the journey, Sarajeovo, ruined
city. So
many destoreyed houses, fire, smoke are seen in the first scene. A
begins to run in the empty streets and the camera follows him. He
is seem like does not know what to do. He
tries to ask people something but nobody listen him just runingn to
their home. The extreme long shot of
A while
he stops,
the camera tracks
backward, showing
his despair in the street all alone. Angelopouslos
cuts
the scene and the camera ans slightly to left, long shot of the
ruined house. By the long shot, Angelepouslos again
underline
the impressive frame. The
scene is cut, A enters a hole that obviously Sarajevo Film Archive,
also in ruins, hearing the sounds of bombs and guns. The camera pans
to left with A and a boy is seen. He is scared to realize someone is
coming. A says that he is looking for someone called ” Ivo Levy “.
The scene is cut, A
finally finds Ivo Levy (
Erland
Josephson
)
while
he just tries to explain his purpose, electricity goes off ,
the scene becomes dark, alarm
stars to ring. It
is understood that something going wrong.
Ivo
Levy says ” Let’s get out from here right now ” and everyone
starst to escape in the darkness. The
next scene, while A and Levy are running, the sound of a bomb is
heard again. They
breathlessly stop in front of the burned truck. “Welcome
to Sarajevo” says
Levy. The

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