Historically accurate and great cinematography
A very underrated and hardly seen movie, with a bad reputation in Greece,due to the troubled first screening on Thessaloniki Film Festival of 1987,where some hooligans were booing at every film they disliked(and especially this one) making the title of the movie a short of slogan for every difficult to understand movie. To be honest,to fully appreciate the movie you have to know the Byzantine history of the era.The plot of the film takes place in the years 1322-1327 in a small village of northern Greece. The reconstruction of the era is so accurate that a critic wrote that is like a documentary made in the Byzantine era.The cinematography also is great(by the famous Giorgios Arvanitis) and the direction and the whole production is really astonishing by the standards of the greek cinema of the '80s. Overall it is a very good movie if you have some knowledge of the history of the period where it's taking place.It has a slow pace but great direction,good acting and high standards of production.
- May 9, 2020
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