Saturday, April 28, 2012

Google's "Doodle" + Have an Inspiring Weekend!

Ulysses's Gaze by Theo Angelopolos.
Voyage to Cythera by Theo Angelopoulos. I really like this scene. It's breathtakingly beautiful and peaceful. Isn't it?
Google's doodle (on the search engine's homepage) inspired me today. Today, Google is honouring the 77th Anniversary of birth of Theo Angelopoulos- who was one of the greatest Greek filmmakers (the greatest Greek filmmaker in my opinion)- with a beautiful "Doodle" with blue, Greek epsilon (ε) at the end of the word Google, and a figure of a film director behind a movie camera. 
Those of you that have been following my blog for a long time know that I am a huge movie fan. I do love cinema and its magic, so I couldn't resist the opportunity to write this post today.

Theo Angelopoulos was an award-winning filmmaker, screenwriter and producer, with tremendous vision and great story telling ability. His movies look more like a visual poetry.
(He passed away on January 24, in Athens' port, Piraeus, while shooting his last film, The Other Sea. It was not from illness; he was struck crossing a street in Piraeus by a motorcycle.)

Theo Angelopoulos has been likened to a kind of orchestral conductor more than a conventional movie director. "I'd describe myself as a translator," he says. "A translator of a sound, a feeling and a time that comes from far away. When it comes to me, I have no choice but to absorb it."
How inspiring this is!

Here's the official trailer of Theo Angelopoulos movie "To Vlemma Tou Odyssea" aka Ulysses's Gaze.



I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did.

My motto was always to Keep Walking. Don't you quit. You keep walking. You keep trying... Do not tarry. To go forward is to move toward perfection. And fear not the sharp stones on life's path... Everyone needs a little something to keep them motivated (that extra motivation) in these hard economic times in which we live. What's your inspiration lately?  Hope you have a fabulous weekend! xx Linking to: Foto Friday and  Photo Friday Link Party  

67 comments:

Nancy said...

What an aweful waste -- he looks like he was a man with a definite passion for creating beautiful cinema.

My inspiration lately? Hmmmm. Intrigued by French decorating style. It doesn't fit my old farmhouse, but I do like to look and learn. :)

....Petty Witter said...

A glowing tribute Betty.

Mari-Pi-R said...

No la conozco, pero viendo el vídeo creo que me iba a gustar por el tema.
Que tengas un lindo fin de semana

Sandra said...

i love movies but have never heard of him, i am not into who makes them and most of the time cant remember the names of the stars they were in. such a waste of a great life to die like that. Keep Walking is my motto and has been for years. I walk 2 miles a day and I always park at the further point of a parking lot. my doc says i have staved off diabetes by walking. my mother and her family all died at age 63 from diabetes and were in wheel chairs for the last few years of their lives, theynever walked, ever, we put them out at the entrance to where ever we went and then parked. i watched all this and decide to do what i could. now i am 67 and no diabetes and still walking. it is the best thing we can do for our bodies. and FREE

Maple Lane said...

Such a shame about his untimely death.
My inspiration of late is to live each day to its fullest!
Wishing you a super weekend. I hope you will make the green pepper salsa and enjoy it as much as we did.

Rizalenio said...

Sad that he passed away in that accident.

I'm inspired by the colors & smell of summer here in my country now.

Have a relaxing weekend, Betty. :)

It's me said...

Have a nice weekend darling...keep walking.......xxx..

Leovi said...

A really interesting movie. A hug.

TexWisGirl said...

hmmm. i think i need to ponder that question. and find it.

La sonrisa de Hiperión said...

Lo cotidiano, siempre cerca del celuloide.

Saludos y un abrazo.

Ms. A said...

I need some inspiration, mine has certainly been lacking.

Have a great weekend!

Bitch said...

Thank you, dear Betty, for this tribute for a great filmmaker!!
Unfortunately not many people have even heard about him..
You did well!!!

My inspiration?
Well, you know already..
is to photograph nice things around me and my world..
And, YES, let us keep walking!!!
Thank you again and many hugs ♥♥♥♥
Monika

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I don't think I've seen his films. I need to look for them!

MA FERREIRA said...

Este filme parece er uio interesante!

O que me inspira e acordar todo dia e saber que posso recomecar....se quiser...

bom final de semana!
bs

Pat Tillett said...

Another great one, gone forever. Very nice tribute Betty! Keep on walking...

George said...

Thank you for this post about Theo Angelopoulos. I must admit that I was not familiar with his work, but the trailer makes me want to learn more about his movies.

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

What a wonderful post. Such a shame that we lost Mr Angelopoulos...his movies will live on. I am going to look this movie up as I really like what a saw in the movie trailer. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Maura

geetlee said...

absolutely love the quote 'keep walking'. so inspiring!
very similar to what is motivating me these days. One step at a time. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step :)
Have a great weekend :)

Jenny Woolf said...

Those stills really make you want to see the film! We all need something to keep us going forwards, mine changes with time, though. I like to feel happy about were I am, too.

imac said...

Tis a BIG Camera there.

Anonymous said...

I love your blog. I visit almost daily to check the new posts.
Thanks for this one!

ANRAFERA said...

Bonito homenaje Betty!
Desconozcía a este gran director, por lo que te agradezco nos lo hayas acercado con esta entrada y el interesante video escogido.
Que tengas un feliz fin de semana.
Cordial saludo.
Ramón

Journaling Woman said...

Have a great weekend.

Teresa

Georgia said...

Sounds like a great film-maker.
Thank you for introducing us to him.

Have a wonderful weekend!:))

marijke said...

Never heard of the film before. But it looks very interesting. Temperatures are rising a bit overhere, go in to the garden this weekend and hope my orderd roses will arrive. Have a fantastic weekend
Betty,
big hugs
marijke

Pedro Luis López Pérez said...

Wonderful post about Theo Angelopoulos. Great filmmaker who conveys great things.
My source of inspiration at the moment is the need to believe in something that gets us out of this situation of crisis we are experiencing. My inspiration is people and their good feelings.
Hugs, Betty and good weekend.

Bob Bushell said...

Lovely photos, oh, you didn't take them, never mind, it must be the weather.

Jesús M. said...

Intentaré verla.Saludos.-

Kelly said...

I love when Google has special doodles and thank you for bringing this one to our attention. It's a very nice tribute post.

I also just saw your photo blog and enjoyed visiting there. :) Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

ΑΘΗΝΑ said...

I liked films of Theo Aggelopoulos.But the actors weren't talking very much.I had seen his last film "the dust of time".
Have a nice weekend!

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

As you've expressed, dear Betty, this blog world provides inspiration.

The man in the first photo doesn't look like he's wanting a kiss.

Happy weekend.
xoRobyn

Robert Geiss said...

Have to admit, that I did not know him before or any of his movies; it has been as well years since last I saw any.

Please have a good weekend ahead.

Lynn said...

I wonder if they'll finish his film? So sad. Lovely that Google honored him like that.

NixBlog said...

What a great tribute, Betty! I love the Google Doodles and I have blogged about these in my "other" blog:
http://nicholasjv.blogspot.com.au/2010/05/all-about-google.html

Angelopoulos was a great director and I love his "Ulysses' Gaze", which is so evocative and has stunning cinematography.

Thank you for your comment on my blog. Have a great weekend!

NixBlog said...

PS: My inspiration these days - Our autumn weather and the beautiful autumn flowers in our garden

dianne said...

Thank you for these images and your words of motivation and inspiration dear Betty. I have not seen this film but on your recomendation I shall try to find it.
Have a lovely weekend!
A big hug
xoxoxo ♡

Magia da Inês said...

¸.º°❤
°º✿ Olá, amiga!

BOM FIM DE SEMANA!

¸.•°`
°º✿ Beijinhos.
º° ✿ ✿ Brasil

✿ chica said...

Vim retribuir a visita,te conhecer e gostei daqui.

Fui também no teu blog de fotos, mas não pude comentar. beijos,tudo de bom,chica

ritsa said...

Thank you for the words of motivation.
I am smiling right now.

Hugs:o)

momto8 said...

what a life and death!
I find inspiration in the beauty and kindness I see around me when I take the time to look.

Anonymous said...

The excellent answer, gallantly :)

California Girl said...

found you via The Brick Street Bungalow's floral tribute "Flowers for Leontin" (SP). Nice looking blog and I am intrigued by the trailer, "Ulysses Gaze" even if I'm unfamiliar with the director. So, thank you!

michael said...

What a great tribute!
Very interesting post. Thank you:-)

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how interesting!


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anilkurup said...

Typical of natures outrageous acts. Smothering a creative mind. A fascinating tribute. And gave me a glimpse of the man a new name to me though.

A Cuban In London said...

Great tribute. I'm ashamed to say that I never heard of him despite being a cinephile. And was that Harvey Keitel in the first photo? One of my favourite actors ever? :-)

Beautiful post.

Greetings from London.

Crafty Green Poet said...

yes, definitely a great film maker...

Betty Manousos said...

cuban in london, yes, that was harvey keitel, one of my favourite actors of all time.

lisa said...

Wonderful choice of images Betty, and I truly enjoyed the video. Thank you so much for sharing.
Happy Sunday to you!

StarTraci said...

The google doodle is a terrific tribute -- cheers!

And thank you for the inspiration. Some days I need to be reminded to keep pushing forward.

Happy Sunday, my friend!

:-)
Traci

Randy said...

Amazing post.

rainfield61 said...

I have to go deep inside my dream in order to get inspired.

Lasse said...

Thanks Betty, interesting post. I´ve learnt a lot more now! And agree - the second one is a breathtaking scene !

missing moments said...

His work does look beautiful ... those scenes just gorgeous! Love those words .. keep walking!

Giga said...

Przykro mi, niestety filmu nie widziałam. O reżyserze i jego śmierci wiedziałam. Pozdrawiam.
I'm sorry, unfortunately I have not seen the film, but it may be interesting, if you liked it. The director and his death, I knew. Yours.

Blond Duck said...

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

ladyfi said...

Wonderfully inspiring!

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

You make me want to investigate the films he has made.

BlueShell said...

Hi dear! I suppose it will take some time to get here, to Portugal...but I think it is great!

Good night!
Love
Isabel

Gina @ Gigi Marie Photography said...

Very cool- I thought about letting my kids give this a go.

Jesús said...

Bonito reconocimiento a este cineasta .

Saludos.

Chatty Crone said...

I'm late but I'm here. I have not heard of him My last inspiration was Flowers for Leontien. sandie

Rick said...

His untimely death was a Greek tragedy (no pun intended) and a tragedy for the world - his works live on, however.

Spring's arrival, one leaf and one flower at a time, is my current inspiration.

Blond Duck said...

Have a wonderful week!

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