Monday, 26 April 2010

太多想告訴你的還未曾寫


由電影節一直下來累積想寫的東東很多,除了因為公司工作忙以外,書展將近的這段其間剛接了兩項書本設計工作,再加上我參演了一齣獨立短片(將會參加今年ifva短片比賽),還有洪丁參展HONG KONG PHOTOGRAPHY 2010等等,真的有一大堆project 在進行中。本來還應承了作一個訪問,但是因為時間所限而未及答覆,我真的感到非常不好意思啊!唯有期待下一次有機會合作吧。

其實我最想做的是留在家中製作新的手造書和寫日記:P 但都落空了,因為我不是去了看電影便是約了朋友想聚聚(我發現我對朋友不太夠好,因為我總是先想到自己:p 所以身邊一直沒有多少個好朋友,前天S和我檢討了一個晚上,覺得應該多問朋友的感受,更深入地清楚朋友的種種才可以永遠是好朋友啊 ^_^ 但我一直缺乏的是去關心別人這舉動,有時因為怕做作,有時怕自己好像太煩人似的,而事實上是我完全不習慣去關心人的說:P),結果每晚回家後都累得睡著了。

電影節part II的節目:Theo Angelopoulos安哲羅普洛斯的電影放影期還未結束,剛過了的周末看完了《鸛鳥踟躕》(Suspended Step of Stork),我喜歡得很,而且我覺得是暫時最喜歡又覺得看得很輕鬆的一齣Angelopoulos'電影。之後是《尤利西斯的凝望》(Ulysses’ Gaze)、《悲傷草原》(Weeping Meadow)和《養蜂人》(The Beekeeper)。但是這個「最喜愛的Angelopoulos'電影」list 的順多會有所改變,因為我最期待的《一生何求》(Eternity and A Day)《霧中風景》(Landscape in the Mist)還未看呢。

謝謝Vicky 經常和我分享Theo Angelopoulos 的電影裡的種種,她是我的電影「導師」呢 ^_^

以下分享她一篇 review,希望你會更喜歡Angelopoulos 的電影。

Angelopoulos' ALEXANDER THE GREAT - Do Your Homework and Enjoy the Film

by Vicky Leong

Alexander the Great by Angelopoulos


For Angelopoulos' "Alexander the Great" (O Megalexandros), it would be better to do a bit of homework. It will help you enjoy the movie more:-

In this film, very few things are really what they appear to be, starting with the title. One could expect it to be the story of Alexander of Macedonia, the conqueror, but it is not. The Alexander in this film is a folk hero belonging to the legend, utilized perhaps to represent an authoritarian kind of leftist leader.

The kidnapping of British aristocrats during a costume ball to celebrate the turn of the century corresponds to a similar event in the history of Greece which happened, however, a few decades before. The arrival in the Greek mountains of a group of Italian anarchists is more plausible because there have been similar occurrences in the two countries’ history : Italians fighting to make Greece independent, and anarchists escaping persecution in their homeland and seeking refuge abroad.

The Italian component in the film is probably important because Italian television is one of the producers. Besides the five Italian anarchists played by five real Italian actors, even the main role (Alexander), who should be Greek or Macedonian, was attributed to Gian Maria Volonté, at first, then to Omero Antoniutti, while Giorgio Albertazzi, who first thought that he was going to play the role of the protagonist role, ends up taking the part of the anarchist "leader", with whom he identified, anyway. Because of delays in shooting the film due to bad weather and scarce finances, Albertazzi had to be replaced by Carnelutti.

Some scenes had to be filmed again, but several others that were in the original the script have been eliminated. Angelopoulos has declared that the role of the anarchists was to be more important, but had to be contained. These and other difficulties are documented for us by an article published by William Megalos and written before the film’s release ("The filming of O Megalexandros", The Athenian, July 1980, pp. 22-25). One of the Italian actors went even further to write a 200-page book on the film (Brizio Montirano : Diario Macedune con Anghelopulos sul set di Alessandro il Grande, Milano : Il Formichiere, 1980).

The story unfolds like this : the Italian anarchists show up at a remote village because they are persecuted by the police and they had heard that a commune existed. They are well received by the village school teacher, who himself may be an anarchist but speaks in the name of a group of members representing various shades of socialist currents. The commune is presented as a free community where the man is king of himself and all people are equal. They are welcome to stay, but they have to abide by the commune’s conditions : perform a useful task, comply with the decisions of the People’s Court, respect the majority’s views, and defend the commune in case of need. Everybody hugs each other, and voilà, the Italian anarchists have joined the commune.

Curiously enough – although probably dictated only by circumstances – a kind of commune had to be established by the people involved in the film (technicians, actors, extras, villagers, etc.) in order to perform tasks such as cooking, gathering firewood and making fires, pushing cars through the mud, removing snow, etc. for the length of the shooting schedule.

The Italian anarchists integrate well into the commune, but they gradually resent the authoritarianism of Alexander the Great. They decide, finally, to leave the group. They sing a lot during their stay, but their final song is interrupted by gunfire. Someone killed them.

Was it the military that surrounded the village ? Was it the followers of Alexander the Great ? Was it the members of the initial commune ?

The film does not answer these questions.
Angelopoulos seems to think they were doomed from the start.
The film, however, is a very complex discourse on power, and maybe also a metaphor for Greek historical-political dilemmas.

The filmmaker, who also conceived also script, presents to us the main trends of 20th Century (which may explain why he postponed some actual historical happenings and makes the film start exactly in 1900) ideologies proposing deliberation of man and society : utopian socialist anarchism, moderate democratic socialism, and authoritarian Marxism.

Each position is illustrated, and it is up to the viewer to decide which one is more palatable to him/herself.

This is another great film by Angelopoulos, filmed in extreme circumstances (the filmmaker and some crewmembers even had to spend a night in jail) but as accurate as was humanly and technically possible, thanks also to astounding cinematography by George Arvanitis.

5 comments:

Sam Chui said...

nice photo , your back , ;)

篤篤篤撐 said...

不如你寫一個專輯講下今次Theo Angelopoulos既電影丫

小丁 siuding said...

好啊, 但我對他的認識不多, 只是個初級欣賞者, 我相信他好看的戲都要看二次以上才能夠完全明白 ^_^
因為他有些戲疇心很大, 滲及政治戰爭等的議題, 若不去了解戲本身的歷史或相關的布腦神話背景是看不明的. 最好的例子就是 《尤利西斯的凝望》(Ulysses’ Gaze)

篤篤篤撐 said...

我只睇過佢既霧中風景, 驚為天人...
今年都想睇佢, 結果忙隃1陣子才發現已經完左...

(邁克話佢後期作品唔得wor, 想知下其它人意見.)

小丁 siuding said...

係呀, 佢新片dust of time 真係麻麻地, 我的朋友都跌晒眼鏡, 我就覺得唔係差, 但同佢的舊作相比真係無得比呢.
朋友們話他不能因為老了便沒有魅力, 因為 Eric Rohmer 前幾年以八十多歲的高齡仍然拍出 < 斆羊人之戀 > 的浪漫青春片, 雖然不是他最好的片, 但其風采不減當年.