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Irène Papas

Irène Papas
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Birth name Iríni Lelékou
Nationality Grece
Birth 3 september 1926
Death 14 september 2022 (at 96 years)

Irene Papas (Greek Ειρήνη Παππά; born 3 September 1926) is a retired Greek actress and occasional singer, who has starred in over seventy films in a career spanning more than fifty years.


Papas was born as Irini Lelekou (Ειρήνη Λελέκου) in Chiliomodi, outside Corinth, Greece. Her mother was a schoolteacher, and her father taught classical drama. She serves on the board of directors of the Anna-Marie Foundation.

Best films

Zorba the Greek (1964)
Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)
Z (1969)

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Filmography of Irène Papas (54 films)

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A Talking Picture, 1h35
Directed by Manoel de Oliveira
Origin Portugal
Genres Drama, War, Comedy, Historical
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films
Actors Catherine Deneuve, John Malkovich, Leonor Silveira, Irène Papas, Stefania Sandrelli, Leonor Silveira
Roles Helena
Rating66% 3.300853.300853.300853.300853.30085
It is set in July 2001. Rosa Maria (Leonor Silveira), a university teacher, takes her little daughter Maria Joana on a cruise from their home country of Portugal to Bombay, India, to see Rosa's husband who is an airplane pilot. Her motive is to visit the birthplaces of civilisation. At each port, a new person boards the ship. A famous businesswoman (Catherine Deneuve) boards in France, a famous model (Stefania Sandrelli) in Italy, and a famous actress (Irene Papas) in Athens. The captain of the ship (John Malkovich) invites the three distinguished women to dinner at his table, and they all speak in their own languages for the better part of the conversation. Later in the movie, Maria Joana and Rosa Maria are also invited to his table, where the captain presents the child with a gift.
Captain Corelli's Mandolin, 2h11
Directed by John Madden
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, War, Historical, Romance
Themes French war films, Seafaring films, Transport films, Political films
Actors Nicolas Cage, Penélope Cruz, John Hurt, Christian Bale, David Morrissey, Irène Papas
Roles Drosoula
Rating59% 2.9503252.9503252.9503252.9503252.950325
The bucolic beauty of Greece's Ionian islands has been invaded by Italy, bringing a large Italian garrison and a few Germans to the tranquil island of Cephallonia, which immediately surrenders. Captain Antonio Corelli, a Greek-speaking officer of the Italian 33rd Acqui Infantry Division with an irrepressibly jovial personality and a passion for the mandolin, and who trains his battery of men – who have never fired a shot – in choral singing, initially alienates a number of the villagers, including Pelagia. The daughter of the village doctor, Pelagia, is an educated and strong-willed woman, and while at first offended by the Italian soldier's behaviour, she slowly warms to his certain charm as they are forced to share her father's home when the doctor agrees to put him up in exchange for medical supplies.
Anxiety (1998)
, 1h50
Directed by Manoel de Oliveira
Origin Portugal
Genres Drama
Actors Leonor Baldaque, Irène Papas, Rita Blanco, Luís Miguel Cintra, Manoel de Oliveira, Diogo Dória
Roles Mother
Rating69% 3.480653.480653.480653.480653.48065
C'est l'adaptation du conte A Mãe de um Rio d'Agustina Bessa-Luís.
The Odyssey (TV miniseries), 2h56
Directed by Andreï Kontchalovski
Origin USA
Genres Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Seafaring films, Films based on mythology, Transport films, Films based on Greco-Roman mythology, Films based on Greco-Roman mythology
Actors Armand Assante, Greta Scacchi, Isabella Rossellini, Vanessa Williams, Bernadette Peters, Eric Roberts
Roles Anticleia
Rating69% 3.4988953.4988953.4988953.4988953.498895
Odysseus (Armand Assante), the king of the ancient Greek kingdom of Ithaca, is called to service in the Trojan War after the birth of his son Telemachus, much to the dismay of his wife Queen Penelope (Greta Scacchi). Odysseus is worried that he may not return, and tells Penelope that she should remarry by the time Telemachus is a man if he does not return. The war lasts ten years, during which Greece's best soldier, Achilles (Richard Trewett), is killed and the Greeks avenge him by using a giant horse to sneak inside and destroy the city of Troy. Laocoön (Heathcote Williams) tries to warn the Trojans of a vision of this, but is suddenly devoured by a sea monster. On the way back, Odysseus' ego gets the best of him and he tells the gods that he did it himself, which angers Poseidon (voiced by Miles Anderson) so much that he promises to make Odysseus' journey home to Penelope nearly impossible, mentioning that it was he who sent the sea monster to devour Laocoön.
Jacob (1994)
, 1h31
Directed by Peter Hall
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Fantasy, Historical, Peplum
Themes Films about religion, Films based on the Bible, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Matthew Modine, Lara Flynn Boyle, Sean Bean, Giancarlo Giannini, Joss Ackland, Juliet Aubrey
Roles Rebekka
Rating64% 3.249993.249993.249993.249993.24999
Jacob defrauds his twin brother Esau (Sean Bean) and flees. In Haran he gets to know his cousin Rachel (Lara Flynn Boyle), and falls in love with her. Years of hard work later he marries Rachel and reconciles with his brother Esau.
Up, Down and Sideways, 1h48
Directed by Michael Cacoyannis
Origin Grece
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about sexuality, Bisexuality-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Irène Papas, Yannis Zouganelis, Panos Mihalopoulos, Alekos Zartaloudis
Roles Μαρία
Rating52% 2.6213752.6213752.6213752.6213752.621375
Vingt-quatre heures de la vie d'une femme, de son fils et de leur amant à Athènes où ils croisent marins, voleurs ou drag-queens.
Drums of Fire, 2h19
Directed by Souheil Ben Barka
Genres Action, Historical
Actors Massimo Ghini, Claudia Cardinale, Ugo Tognazzi, Fernando Rey, Harvey Keitel, F. Murray Abraham
Roles Lalla Sahaba
Rating63% 3.191143.191143.191143.191143.19114
The film tells the story of the Saadi dynasty prince Abdelmalek, exiled from Morocco by his brothers. Since his exile, he will live twenty adventurous years: fight the Spanish Inquisition, take part in the Battle of Lepanto, be incarcerated in Alicante prison, and assist in the Conquest of Tunis. Eventually, he returns to Morocco to fulfill his destiny.
Island (1989)
, 1h35
Directed by Paul Cox
Actors Irène Papas, Chris Haywood, Anoja Weerasinghe, Norman Kaye, Thomas James Longley
Roles Marquise
Rating60% 3.0014653.0014653.0014653.0014653.001465
A Czech-born woman arrives on a Greek island having fled Australia to sort out her problems. She becomes friends with a deaf mute and two other women, a Sri Lankan abandoned by her husband and an older Greek woman.
Plato's Banquet, 1h18
Directed by Marco Ferreri
Genres Drama
Actors Lucas Belvaux, Jean Benguigui, Irène Papas, Philippe Khorsand, Philippe Léotard, Ugo Tognazzi
Roles Diotime
Rating63% 3.170113.170113.170113.170113.17011
Lors d'une réception chaque convive est invité à faire un éloge de l'amour.
Island (1989)

Directed by Paul Cox
Actors Irène Papas, Chris Haywood, François Bernard
Roles Marquise
Rating60% 3.0014653.0014653.0014653.0014653.001465
Sweet Country, 2h28
Directed by Michael Cacoyannis
Origin Grece
Genres Drama, Historical
Themes Seafaring films, Politique, Théâtre, Transport films, Political films, Films about Latin American military dictatorships, Films based on plays
Actors Jane Alexander, John Cullum, Carole Laure, Katia Dandoulaki, Randy Quaid, Giannis Voglis
Roles Mrs. Araya
Rating49% 2.482152.482152.482152.482152.48215
Fondé sur le roman éponyme de Caroline Richards. À New York, Anna et Paul se retrouvent lors de la projection d'un documentaire sur le Chili. Les retrouvailles rappellent les années 1970 à Anna qu'elle vécut au Chili durant la dictature de Pinochet.
Chronicle of a Death Foretold, 1h47
Directed by Francesco Rosi
Origin France
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Themes Films about families
Actors Ornella Muti, Rupert Everett, Anthony Delon, Gian Maria Volonté, Irène Papas, Lucia Bosè
Roles Madre de Angela
Rating66% 3.3143353.3143353.3143353.3143353.314335
Cristóbal Bedoya, a medical doctor, returns to his hometown, a small Colombian city in the banks of the Magdalena river, after being away for twenty seven years. At the local cemetery, he visits the grave of Santiago Nasar, his best friend, who was murdered almost three decades ago. Still haunted by the past, Cristóbal attempts to revisits the event that lead to his friend's murder talking with those close to Santiago. Their memories take them to the time of the crime.
High Season, 1h30
Directed by Clare Peploe
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films
Actors Jacqueline Bisset, James Fox, Irène Papas, Kenneth Branagh, Lesley Manville, Robert Stephens
Roles Penelope
Rating53% 2.662682.662682.662682.662682.66268
Katherine (Jacqueline Bisset) is an English photographer who, with her husband Patrick (James Fox), came to live at a coastal town on Rhodes before the tourists discovered it. Their thirteen-year-old daughter Chloe (Ruby Baker) grew up there, and even though Kath and Patrick have separated, they have both stayed on. He supports himself through his sculpture pieces, which Kath despises, and she, by her photography books featuring antiquities and peasant life, which he finds fuddy-duddy.