Ulysses' Gaze

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Ulysses' Gaze
Ulysses' Gaze Poster.jpg
Ulysses' Gaze DVD cover
Directed byTheo Angelopoulos
Produced byPhoebe Economopoulos
Eric Heumann
Giorgio Silvagni
Written byTheo Angelopoulos
Tonino Guerra
Petros Markaris
Giorgio Silvagni
Kain Tsitseli
StarringHarvey Keitel
Maia Morgenstern
Erland Josephson
Music byEleni Karaindrou
Distributed byRoissy Films
Release date
  • 13 September 1995 (1995-09-13) (France)
Running time
176 minutes

Ulysses' Gaze (Greek: Το βλέμμα του Οδυσσέα, translit. To Vlemma tou Odyssea) is a 1995 Greek film directed by Theo Angelopoulos and starring Harvey Keitel, Maia Morgenstern, and Erland Josephson. The film was selected as the Greek entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 68th Academy Awards but it was not nominated.[1][2]


Successful Greek filmmaker, A (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 Manaki brothers, the pioneering photographers who introduced movies into the Ottoman Balkans at the beginning of the 20th century.

The search for the reels of film works as a metaphor for a search for the common history of the Balkan countries, before the Balkan Wars split them along ethnic lines.

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 actor Gian Maria Volontè died during the filming. He was replaced by Erland Josephson and the film was dedicated to Volontè's memory.


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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  1. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  2. ^ "41 to Compete for Foreign Language Oscar Nominations". FilmFestivals.com. Archived from the original on April 7, 2012. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Ulysses' Gaze". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-09-05.
  4. ^ "All-TIME 100 Movies". Time. ISSN 0040-781X. Retrieved 2017-12-24.
  5. ^ "Check Out TMA'S 100 Greatest Movies Of All Time List". GeekTyrant. Retrieved 2017-12-24.

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