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Stone Years (1985)
10/10
A GEM- SHOULD HAVE WON MORE AWARDS
25 May 1999
One of the best greek films ever made! The real story of two young communists in love during the civil war, which followed World War II, in Greece is most touching. Pantelis Voulgaris, the director, is regarded to be the "humaniest" director in Greece; and with this film he proves he deserves this title. Without ending to "cheap" melodrama he succeeds in telling us the story, dealing honestly with its subject. Especially the scene of the communication of the two lovers in the prison (they are imprisoned in cells which are opposite one another and communicate through small mirrors) has an inner strength-it could well be the only reason why to see this film, but it isn't. Bazaka's and Kataleifos' performances are perfect. One is for sure: It is a film that could have won numerous awards (including the Academy awards) if it had been an american or british film.
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10/10
A MASTERPIECE-AND MORE THAN THAT:A DEPOSIT OF SOUL
18 May 1999
It's not easy at all to speak about this sublime film.The inner battle of a lonely soldier who after his own wish serves at the frontier wasn't an easy story to tell.Yet Michael Blake's script (and especially Costner's monologues- in my opinion the best in the history of cinema) made it possible.(It's hard to believe that the same person had previously written the novel on which the film was based.)Blake's deep-going screenplay is enhanced by Costner's splendid performance (he deserved the Oscar for an actor in a leading role as well) and his extraordinary direction.The other actors(especially McDonnell),the cinematography,the sound,John Barry's score were all of them perfect.On the whole, the film is a masterpiece, no, it's something more than that. Dances with Wolves is made up of human soul; what we see on the screen is nothing less than a deposit of soul.
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