THE AEGEAN IN THE WORDS OF THE POETS ....more photos    

And we will cease to speak of any other saw, whatever use it may have to man, for whomever and however many gods made it for, and we will try to pay proper homage to the Aegean.
Ailios Aristedes
2nd Century AD

A film travel based on texts of travel writers and poets from all over the world who visited and wrote about the archipelago in the last centuries
Images from most Aegean islands and the sea routes that bind them.
In these texts, poems and travel notes from the travel literature books of most writers who visited the Aegean in many different periods in time and felt the need to convey their emotions inspired by the archipelago we see a very vivid description of the very same emotions that this sea still offers to the visitor.
These texts are revealing in the sense that apart from their literature value they form a complexity of impressions felt by travellers in the archipelago over the centuries Different opinions, meanings and textual forms blend into a common experience of the archipelago as it is being performed in several languages.
A way to get to know the archipelago for the young traveller a way to appreciate and discover more for the older traveller who will visit again some of the locations and look at them in a possibly different spirit.

A kind of new map a trusting whisper of well kept secrets as being shared by the people who love to travel and discover. With the trusting signatures of writers that we have all read or heard about this peculiar guide becomes an interesting and revealing guide like an experiences companion to the traveller

This is also an input to the cultural –literature heritage that this sea, the landscapes and its people have initiated something that can become an valuable tool of knowledge a unique preservation of vivid memory as described in these simple and yet so alive texts and finally an insight to the world of the archipelago through the spirit and the routes travelled by some of the most important European thinkers and writers some of them have been instrumental in shaping cultural values in Europe for the last centuries.

Their inspiration in these texts derives exactly form the rich cultural and natural landscape of the Mediterranean and this is something the film will show in the best possible coexistence of literature beauty with the beauty of nature and culture in the archipelago.

Travel literature is special Description plays and must play the main part. Description of the landscape in its stillness imposed by the dominance of sight .The issue is however to balance this description with the constant movement of the traveller, to transform the trip into an adventure.
To enhance the images and thus attract the interest of the viewer with the parallel presence of the narration and the transformation of the actual time and space into a unique experience.
«I speak for what I saw» claim the writers But what does the passing traveller see? The accidental complements the necessary.

The restriction of the different points of view are inevitable. A person travelling with a boat, on the back of a horse or walking glances around him in a hurry as he scribbles notes in his diary. His sight is always personal and thus incorporates the sight and imagination of his reader of the viewer.
A composition ïf images original and borrowed important however for both being original and repetitive.

Texts by international writers are blended into a common narrative text in some case narrated in the original language it was written. In rare occasions texts also appear in their textual form dissolved with pictures from the Aegean.

We have selected texts for the narration text of the documentary from the following books and publications we have collected after a long research in rare travel books and literature:

Albert Camus,Carnets, L’été Gallimard, 1954
Alphonse de Lamartine, Souvenirs Impressions pensees et paysages, pendant  un Voyage en Orient Hachette Paris, 1855-1856
Amber Tibaunte, Les Images de Grece, Messein La Phalangue, 1926
André Billy, La Gréce Arthaud, 1937
André Gide, Journal  Souvenirs Gallimard, 1955, Thésée Gallimard, 1946
Armand Delatte, Les Portolans Grecs, Liege-Paris, 1947
Arthur  de Gobineau, Souvenirs de Voyage
Bernhard Guttmann, Days in Greece
Bruce Thorton, The Greek Ways How Greeks created Western Civilisation Encounter Books S.Fransisco 2001
Camille Mauclair, Le pure visage de la Grece, Grasset, 1934
Charles Maurras, Le Voyage d Athenes Flammarion, 1929
Chateaubriand Edgar Quinet Renan, Vu sur L'Acropole Collection L'ecrivain Voyageur La Bibliotheque Paris, 1992
Christiane Luth, A Danish woman in the the Greek royal court, Sailing Five travels in the Aegean
Claude Roy, Permis de sejour Gallimard, 1983
Costas Ouranis,Travels in Greece, 1955
Durell Laurence, L’Esprit de Lieux
Edgar Quinet, La Grece Moderne Editions Belle Lettres, 1984
Edith Hamilton, The Greek Way
Elie Faure, Découverte de l’Archipel First,, 1931
Ernest Renan, Priere sur l’Acropole
Evliya Celebi, Journey in Greece
F.W.Sieber, Travelling in the island of Crete
Francois Mauriac, Journal II Fayard, 1952
G.A Megas, Greek popular fiests and traditions Odisseas, 1988
G.Rouger, Voyage en Orient, edition Richelieu, 1950
Georges Duhamel, Geographie cordiale de l Europe Mercure de France, 1931
Gerard de Nerval Oeuvres, Completes bibl. de la Pleiade, 1984, reproduction of the text «Voyage en Orient «1851
Gustave Flaubert, Voyages Société Les Belles Lettres Paris, 1948
Hans Christian Andersen,  En Digtes Bazar ved H.TopsoeJensen Kobenhavn, 1943, Eventyr IV ved Erik Dal og Erling Nielsen Kobehavn, 1966, Og Athen Anderseniana, 1965 ved G.Engberg, Romaner og Rejseskildringer bind VI ved Knud Bogh Kobehavn, 1878
Henri Belle, Voyage en Grece Trois anées en Grece Paris, 1881
Henri de Renie, Escales en Méditerranée,Flammarion1931
Henri Miller, The Colossos of Marousi, First impressions of Greece, 1939
Jacques de Lacretelle, Le Voyage en Grece,Fayard, 1955
Jacques Lacarrière, L été Grècque Plon, 1976, L envole d’Icare Seghers, 1993, Dictionnaire Ramoureux de la Grèce 2001, Editions Plon
Jean Cocteau, Maalesh Gallimard, 1949, Oeuvres Completes Marguerat, 1951
Jean Genet, Jean Cocteau, Jean Paul Sartre, Pages for Greece of the 20th Century
Jean Genet, L ennemi declaré Gallimard, 1991
Jean Grenie, Inspirations méditerraéennes Gallimard, 1961, Les Cahiers Nouveaux No 78, 1940
Jean Paul Sartre, Les temps Modernes No 531-533, 1990
Jean Qeau, Les temps modernes No 76, 1952
JLS Bartholdy, Voyage en Grece fait dans les Années, 1803-1804 contenant des details sur l amaniere de voayager dans la Grece at l Arcipel
John Fowles, Poems Ecco Press New York, The Aristos A self portrait in ideas, Jonathan Cape London, 1968, The Magus Jonathan Cape London, 1977
Joseph P. Tournefont, Voyage d'un botaniste,, 1717, reprinted, 1982
Kadio Kolymva, From the upper side  Armos 2000
Karl Krumbacher, Griechische Reise Blatter aus dem tagebuche einer Reise in Griechenland und in der Turkei Berlin, 1886
La Grece retrouvée, textes et peintures sur les voyageurs du siecle dernier
Le Corbusier, Vers une architecture Arthaud, 1977, Voyage d’Orient editions les Forces vives, 1966
Louis Bertrand, La Grece du soleil et des paysages, Fasquelle,1908
Margeurit Yourcenar, En pelerin et en étranger,Gallimard, 1989
Martin Heidegger, Aufenthalte Vittorio Klostermann, 1989
Mathew Dillon, Pilgrims and Pilgrimage in Ancient Greece, 1997 Routledge
Maurice Leber, Le voyage de Grece  Editons Paulines, 1969
Michel Deon, Pages Grecques Gallimard, 1993
Paul Morand, Méditerranée,mer des surprises, Editions du Rocher, 1938
Peter Levi, The Hill of Kronos Collins London, 1980
Predrag Matvejevitcj, Mediteranski Brevijar Garficki  Hrvatske Zagreb, 1987
Reymond Quenneau, Le voyage en Grece, Gallimard, 1973
Rhamonte, Promenades dans La grece antique  Poesie 88 Seghers
Richard Stoneman, A Literary Companion to Travel in Greece, 1994 The Paul Getty Museum, USA
Robert Levecque, Permanence de la Grece Cahiers du Sud, 1948
Robert Pashley Esq, Travels in Crete Cambridge University Press
Roland Barthes, En Grèce
Simone de Beauvoir, La force de l’age, Gallimard, 1960
Sophie Basch, Les ecrivains francais en Grece Hatier, 1991
Theophile Gauthier, Constantinople Michel-Levy Paris, 1854, L Orient Charpentier, 1893, Loin de Paris, 1865
Thierry Maulnier, Cette Gréce ou nous sommes nés Flammarion, 1964
Victor Hanson, John Who Killed Homer?
Voyages et voyageurs, La Grece retrouvée Seghers, 1984

  Film Credits
  Director Lucia Rikaki
  Screenplay Lucia Rikaki
  Cinematography Lucia Rikaki,
Nikos Nikolaidis
  Editing Spyros Tsiftsis
  Executive Producer Fotini Trickoni
  Narration in greek Dimitris Kataleifos
  Narration in english  
  Sound recording Yiannis Daridis
  Postproduction Cinergon
  Production Assistant Aris Doukas
  Original Soundtrack Costis Zevgadellis 
  Lyrics Yiota Vassilakopoulou
  Musicians Mandolin Lute
M. Karantinis
Nikos Pitloglou
Kostas Makras
Percussions Vagelis Karypis
Electric bass
Computer programming Polis Pelelis
Electric Guitars Apostolos Golias
Music Mixing
Polis Pierropoulos
  Production Lucia Rikaki
in cooperation with the AGON Festivalof the Archeology magazine and the financial support of the Ministry of Culture
  Distributor Tricky Trick Films
  Subtitles English
  Format Digital Beta
35 mm
  Length 61 min
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