Ulysses' Gaze
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Ulysses' Gaze
Winner of the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, this drama centers on the Balkan conflict as viewed through the eyes of a filmmaker named A (Harvey Keitel). Director Theo Angelopoulos wrote the screenplay, drawing from personal experiences. A is a Greek émigré director who returns to his homeland after 35 years in the U.S., ostensibly to screen his latest film, which is so controversial that it attracts religious protests. In fact, A's real purpose is to search for three reels of undeveloped film that may be the first ever shot by pioneer Balkan filmmakers the Manakis brothers, who… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Magisterially filmed, this movie demands at almost every instant to be regarded as a masterpiece, though for me it's too full of itself and its own virtue. Still, I can't deny it's an experience worth having."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"This grim travelogue through a landscape of despair lacks internal power. It feels labored and portentous."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"If you looked up in a reference book why most people hate foreign films you would probably see pictures of Ulysses’ Gaze staring back at you."
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"While it's beautiful, even graceful, and though its heart is in the right place, there's just as much to condemn as there is in its favor."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"The film's images are always powerful, even if the dialogue seems superfluous."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Constructed from long elegant takes, and moving fluidly between naturalism and tableaux-like theatricality, it's a mesmerising work of arresting beauty and impressive emotional power."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"What arrogance and self-importance this film reveals."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"This ambitious film fails to compel. Too many closeups of disposed Lenin statues."
‑ Moira Sullivan, FilmFestivals.com
"Journalistic fairness compels me to note that this film won a Special Jury Prize at Cannes. However, I strongly suspect that those judges were cowed more than won over. We don't have to make the same mistake."
‑ Russell Smith, Austin Chronicle
"The overall effect is genuinely entrancing, with a sense of tragic inevitability that gives meaning to the film's maddeningly attenuated rhythms."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Modernist stylization has its place in narrative film, but in this case less would have meant much more."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Angelopoulos' film is lyrically evocative but painfully self-important."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"It has a remoteness, with the viewer always the observer, not the participant."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
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