The Great Greek
Tonight's screening of Eternity and a Day (1998) is a tribute to late Greek director Theo Angelopoulos, who was accidentally run down by a motorcycle cop while on location in January shooting L'altro Mare, part of his trilogy on modern Greece. The accident came on the eve of pitched battles in the streets of modern Greece and Eternity and a Day is a film in which there are so many worthwhile chances to look back on life over the course of a day, something that, at the moment of violent impact, Angelopoulos never had a chance to see. Bruno Ganz (Downfall, Wings of Desire) plays Alexandre, a famous poet with a terminal illness. His wife is possibly dead; his daughter has sold his apartment for demolition. He voyages across the countryside with an Albanian refugee boy, saving him from kidnapping scum even as his disease grinds him to an ever-present halt. He ruminates as he travels through a landscape shot through with the majesty of nature, framed as it is in long slow takes, the hallmarks of Angelopoulos' technique. The film won the Palme d'Or at Cannes that year which seems like forever and a day away by now. New Beverly Cinema, 7165 Beverly Blvd.; Wed., March 21, 8 p.m.; $8. (323) 938-4038, newbevcinema.com.
Wed., March 21, 8 p.m.; Thu., March 22, 8 p.m., 2012
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