The Dust of Time (I skoni tou hronou)

Dir. Theo Angelopoulos. 2008, 133 min. 35mm. With Willem Dafoe, Bruno Ganz, Michel Piccoli. In Greek, English, Russian, and German with English subtitles. Angelopoulos’s last film reveals a filmmaker uncomfortable with today’s Europe, exiled from Greece in order to make a film for the international marketplace rather than for art houses. Willem Dafoe gives a memorable performance as a film director akin to the ones in Voyage to Cythera and Ulysses’ Gaze. An international-intrigue thriller touching on terrorism, body scanning, and homelessness, The Dust of Time litters dozens of smashed television sets on the stairs of a luxury hotel. Post-cinema, it is also post-TV.

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