Eternity and a Day
Eternity and a Day (1999)

Theo Angelopoulos (Reconstruction) directed this 1998 Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or winner about a famed author nearing the end of his life. Alexander (Bruno Ganz) lives in his old seaside family home near Thessaloniki, but his… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 28, 1999
DVD Release Date: August 15, 2006
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

I was moved and captivated throughout its 132 minutes.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Angelopoulos' meditation on the meaning of one man's life is genuinely hypnotic in its way of transcending ordinary narrative.

Sandra Contreras
TV Guide

Thought poets were a dying species, did you?

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Its long, fluid takes escort us through space and time, to universal themes and broader topicalities, effortlessly fending off charges of hermetic aestheticism.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Angelopoulos has created another masterpiece, one that recalls such classics as Bergman's Wild Strawberries and Kurosawa's Ikiru.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Precisely controlled and confidently poetic.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

What had been a realistic work, lyric but realistic, slides into ostentatious symbolism.

Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

A gorgeous elegy of a film.

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Stuart Klawans
The Nation

Why put up with so much that seems insufferable? Because at the end of Eternity and a Day, Angelopoulos somehow translates a character from the world of dreams to the world of reality instantaneously, before your eyes.

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