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Projections of MemoryRomanticism, Modernism, and the Aesthetics of Film$
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Richard I. Suchenski

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190274108

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190274108.001.0001

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Toward the Temenos

Toward the Temenos

Gregory Markopoulos’ Eniaios

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(p.59) 2 Toward the Temenos
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Projections of Memory
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Richard I. Suchenski

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190274108.003.0003

In his eighty-hour Eniaios, Gregory Markopoulos intensifies both the underlying Romanticism and the montage aesthetics of silent era figures like Abel Gance. He does so by completely rejecting the ordinary networks of cinema, re-envisioning film as a medium capable of reconnecting the viewer to the sacred world of myth. Intended to purge the viewer of media pollution, Eniaios was designed for presentation at a special site (the Temenos) in Arcadia, the mythic birthplace of lyric poetry. In both scale and form, Eniaios is the most ambitious film ever made. Yet in its harmonization of viewing space and image and its emphasis on the mythic resonance of particular locations, it also constitutes a radical reformulation of the issues that preoccupied Markopoulos throughout his career, one that gives new meaning to the aspirations of the postwar avant-garde.

Keywords:   Gregory Markopoulos, Temenos, mythology, Greece, Stan Brakhage, Hollis Frampton, Jonas Mekas, Richard Wagner, Prometheus, avant-garde

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