Ulysses' Gaze

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Ulysses' Gaze
Ulysses' Gaze Poster.jpg
Ulysses' Gaze DVD cover
Directed by Theo Angelopoulos
Produced by Phoebe Economopoulos
Eric Heumann
Giorgio Silvagni
Written by Theo Angelopoulos
Tonino Guerra
Petros Markaris
Giorgio Silvagni
Kain Tsitseli
Starring Harvey Keitel
Maia Morgenstern
Erland Josephson
Music by Eleni Karaindrou
Distributed by Roissy Films
Release dates 13 September 1995 (France)
Running time 176 minutes
Country Greece
Language English

Ulysses' Gaze (Greek: Το βλέμμα του Οδυσσέα, translit. To Vlemma tou Odyssea) is a 1995 Greek film directed by Theo Angelopoulos. The actor Gian Maria Volonté died during the filming. He was replaced by Erland Josephson.


A successful Greek filmmaker (Harvey Keitel) is returning home and sets out on an epic journey across the battered Balkans in search of three lost reels of film by the Manakis brothers, the pioneering photographers who introduced movies into the Balkans at the beginning of the century.

The search for the reels of film works as a metaphor for a search for the common history of the Balkan countries. It is also a reflection on the impossibility of finding new fora of communication. The film ends in Sarajevo, where A finds both the lost reels and his true love (Maia Morgensten), who is executed by a death squad. The director laments both the lost love and the impossibility of building a new solidarity in the Balkans.

The filming took place in Florina and Lavrion, Greece.



The film includes an extract from the real Manakis brothers' 1905 film The Weavers.


The score by Eleni Karaindrou featuring Kim Kashkashian on viola was released on the ECM label in 1995.



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