Landscape in the Mist

Landscape in the Mist ★★★½

My first Angelopoulos. The first 30 minutes or so of the film are so magical and fairytale-like that the realistic but tragic turns the story takes hurt more than they otherwise would have, because of course you know where this story must go. There's great beauty here, even if it's hard to see through the literal mist of the environment and figurative mist of the outdated OOP New Yorker DVD. It's very clear from early on that Angelopoulos is a filmmaker totally in command of his filmmaking tools, but this is also a complex film with lots to explore and unpack. This first viewing of both film and director left me wanting more, and in this case that's a good thing.