thesaloon, finally the father comes , A finally meets his father,family. They are dancing accompanied with a joyful sing. We observeto the rhythm of the music and the the dance. Then the music becomessorrowful and the celebration is cut short by the arrival of membersfrom the People’s Confiscation Committee (PCC), who arrest A.
‘suncle, Langilos.While he is going, he says “1948 brings happinessto all of you” and it is understand that we suddenly go forward inthe time. The dancing resumes, the frame is cut by returning of PCCmembers to confiscate the family’s property, then a man wants totake a family picture to celebrate 1950 New Year. Inthe background, the sounds of communist partizan heard, giving cluethat firstthe establishment of communism, then the purges and Stalinistseizures and finally, in 1950, the authorisation for Greek, Jewishand Armenian families, the main minorities scattered through the oldOttoman territories, to emigrate.A,who has been off-screen for the last section of this long take,returns to the frame as his childhood self and the camera zooms uponhis face. A wakes up and understands it was a dream.
The long shotexternalizeshis yearn to his childhood, old happy days with his family withoutgrief, sadness, solitude and thinking the state of his country. Hisfinner feelings such disconnectin, alienation, distance, nostalgiaare reflected with the long take of New Year Scene. Along the journey, A run acrossseveral women, all of them played by MaiaMorgenstern; inseveral sequences, show up in different characters such aswoman .
awidow, a mother, a chain-smoking romantic redolent of the French NewWave. Theremust be a meaning under the Angelopouslos’s exceptionalpreference. Itcan be observed in the scene that afterthe the protagonist backs to present, he and Mia go to port tocontinue his journey, after learning three reel shot are in Belgrade.
A and Mia make their farewell and A starts to cry. When Mia asks thereason, he says ” I cry because I can not love you. ” Thatdialogue reflects his emotional depression and disappearence of love.Besides, the scene can be interpreted in a different way that MaiaMorgenstern is shown as adifferent charactersunlike before,as mentioned, andeach of them meet with Aand hasconnection and relationship withhim butall of them fall apart from him. MAybehe loses someone who lovedbefore the war and likens every woman figure to her.Deprivation and sorrow caused by war, is