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The Owl's Legacy

The Owl's Legacy

The Owl's Legacy

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1990 / 338min / DCP

DIRECTOR: CHRIS MARKER

CAST: THEO ANGELOPOULOS, ELIA KAZAN, GEORGE STEINER, JOHN WINKLER, IANNIS XENAKIS

If it could only be caught, the image of democracy which people create when they are deprived of it. And if it could be projected back to them, like a slide, once they have recaptured it. Or can we say of democracy what someone has written of happiness: that it is thing that doesn't exist, and yet, one day, is no more?"—Chris Marker

In this, a monumental analysis of the modern world through the lens of ancient Greece, one can expect Marker’s signature mental maneuvers that draw unexpected parallels between the most seemingly disparate of topics, traveling the world while leaping from the subjects of sex, Socrates, and Athenian politics in order to explore the rich legacy of Greek culture, analyzing the history of myth-making while debunking a few myths along the way. Interviewees includeTheo Angelopoulos and Iannis Xenakis, intercut with scenes ranging from Cocteau to Riefenstahl,while the free play of ideas and the marvelous, mercurial motion of the work is totally, unmistakably Marker.

An Icarus Films release

Screening with two intermissions, following episode 4 and episode 8.