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Michael Giannatos

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Nationality Grece
Birth 11 july 1941 at Constantinople
Death 17 september 2013 (at 72 years) at Athens (Grece)

Michael or Mihalis Giannatos (11 July 1941 – 17 September 2013), alternatively spelled as Yannatos (Greek: Μιχαήλ or Μιχάλης Γιαννάτος), was a Greek actοr.

Ηe was born in Constantinople (Istanbul), Turkey, which at the time still had a major Greek presence. He left the city for Greece in 1964 during the long eviction period of Greeks.


Giannatos was married to Chaido whom he was with until the day he died. They have three children together; Gerasimos (born in 1979), Ioannis (born in 1980) and Maria (born in 1982).

Since 1979, when his first son was born, Giannatos was working night shifts as a receptionist at the Hotel Caravel. He needed the job so he could take care of his family, while at the same time he was working as an actor every time he had the chance. His son Gerasimos said: "His main job was receptionist. With that job we made it through. He was working from 1979 when I was born till 1996 as a receptionist".

In an interview to Giannis Kasapis in 2012, Giannatos said that he loved classical music: "Classical music is the crown of music. Let me tell you how I first loved it. At my school in Constantinople I had an Italian classmate who asked me if I had ever heard classical music. I said no and she invited me to her house. She played one of Chopin's Polonaises...I froze! I heard them all! Since then I became a devotee". Giannatos also stated that he was hearing Greek songs as well, Stelios Kazantzidis and rebetiko, and sometimes even flamenco, tango or csárdás. In the same interview he said that he loved the three ancient Greek tragedians — Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides — and of course Aristophanes. Also Hemingway and Agatha Christie.

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Filmography of Michael Giannatos (25 films)

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Alexander the Great, 3h55
Directed by Theo Angelopoulos
Origin Grece
Genres Drama, War, Historical
Actors Omero Antonutti, Michael Giannatos, Christoforos Nezer (d. 1996)
Roles Dragoumanos
Rating74% 3.735153.735153.735153.735153.73515
The film is based on the Dilesi Massacre of 1872 during which several bandits kidnapped British tourists and demanded a ransom. The film opens with a character named Alexander the Great who is the leader of the bandits being freed from prison.
My Family and Other Animals, 1h30
Directed by Sheree Folkson
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Eugene Simon, Imelda Staunton, Chris Langham, Matthew Goode, Omid Djalili, Russell Tovey
Roles Porter / Waiter
Rating72% 3.640643.640643.640643.640643.64064
My Family and Other Animals tells the story of the Durrell family, Lawrence Durrell, Leslie Durrell, Margaret Durrell and Gerald Durrell, as well as their mother Louisa Durrell, as they spend five years (1935–1939) on the Greek island of Corfu. The family reside in a series of villas, and spend their time indulging in their varying interests. Gerald develops his passion for wildlife, his mother spends her time cooking and worrying about everyone else; Larry writes and annoys the entire family with high-brow guests and unhelpful suggestions; Leslie develops his passion for ballistics and sailing, whilst Margo sunbathes and enchants the local young men.
Munich (2005)
, 2h44
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Spy, Historical, Politic
Themes Films set in Africa, Spy films, Films about religion, Sports films, Films about terrorism, Films about the Olympic Games, Political films, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Ciarán Hinds, Mathieu Kassovitz, Hanns Zischler, Omar Metwally
Roles Hotel Aristides Porter
Rating74% 3.7483953.7483953.7483953.7483953.748395
Munich begins with a depiction of the events of the 1972 Munich Olympics and then cuts to the home of Prime Minister of Israel Golda Meir, where Avner Kaufman (Eric Bana), a Mossad agent of German-Jewish descent, is chosen to lead an assassination mission against 11 Palestinians allegedly involved in the massacre. To give the Israeli government plausible deniability and at the direction of his handler Ephraim (Geoffrey Rush), Avner resigns from Mossad and operates with no official ties to Israel. His team includes four Jewish volunteers from around the world: South African driver Steve (Daniel Craig), Belgian toy-maker and explosives expert Robert (Mathieu Kassovitz), former Israeli soldier and "cleaner" Carl (Ciarán Hinds), and a Danish document forger named Hans (Hanns Zischler). They are given information by a shadowy French informant, Louis (Mathieu Amalric).
The Weeping Meadow, 2h50
Directed by Theo Angelopoulos
Origin Grece
Genres Drama, Historical, Romance
Actors Michael Giannatos
Roles Zisis
Rating78% 3.94383.94383.94383.94383.9438
The film revives themes of Angelopoulos' 1975 film The Travelling Players, and its events span from 1919 to the aftermath of World War II. It tells the story of Greek history through the sufferings of one family. A band of refugees that returns to Greece after the Russian Revolution adopts an orphaned girl, Eleni (Alexandra Aidini). Eleni becomes the focus of the story. The film follows her through adolescence and the marriage to her musician half-brother Alexis (Nikos Poursanidis). Eleni becomes pregnant by Alexis, and bears twin boys, who are sent away at birth. Many years later she is forced to marry her widowed adopted father. On her wedding day, Eleni escapes with Alexis to Thessaloniki, where they reunite with their sons. Their lives are then ripped apart by World War II and the ensuing Greek Civil War.
A Touch of Spice, 1h48
Origin Grece
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Cooking films
Actors Georges Corraface, Başak Köklükaya, Tamer Karadağlı, Athinodoros Prousalis, Themis Panou, Michael Giannatos
Roles Grandpa's friend
Rating74% 3.7460553.7460553.7460553.7460553.746055
Fanis Iakovides, professor of astronomy and astrophysics, recalls his childhood memories from growing up in Istanbul. When Fanis was 7 years old, his grandfather Vassilis was an owner of a general store with a specialty in spices. He was also a culinary philosopher and his mentor. Fanis grew very attached to his grandfather who would assist with his homework using imaginative techniques. For instance, Vassilis would teach his grandson the planets of the Solar System by showing an illustration of it and replacing the planets with spices. Cinnamon took the place of Venus since according to Vassilis, "like all women, cinnamon is both bitter and sweet". Fanis also fell in love for the first time in his grandfather store's upper floor with a young Turkish girl, Saime.
The Bubble
The Bubble (2002)
, 1h44
Directed by Nikos Perakis
Genres Thriller, Comedy
Actors Maria Solomou, Aléxis Georgoúlis, Michael Giannatos
Roles Uncle
Rating44% 2.228312.228312.228312.228312.22831
Makis Alexis Georgoulis, a man with difficulties in the stock market, falls for Roula (Maria Solomou), who is the mistress of a big tycoon Manolas (Ilias Logothetis), which Makis has invested in. Makis becomes witness to an assassination gone wrong. The police are after him thinking he is the shooter but the real assassin is after Makis to recruit him to his terrorist beliefs. The only comfort Makis can find is Roula who follows him on his deadly adventure.
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 Kokolios
Rating59% 2.9507152.9507152.9507152.9507152.950715
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.
Eternity and a Day, 2h10
Directed by Theo Angelopoulos
Origin France
Genres Drama
Actors Bruno Ganz, Isabelle Renauld, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Michael Giannatos, Pétros Márkaris, Petros Fyssoun
Roles Ticket Inspector
Rating78% 3.947473.947473.947473.947473.94747
Alexander (Bruno Ganz), a bearded poet, leaves his seaside apartment in Thessaloniki after learning he has a terminal illness and must enter a hospital the next day for an unspecified "test". He is trying to get his affairs in order and find a new master for his dog.
Ulysses' Gaze, 2h56
Directed by Theo Angelopoulos
Origin France
Genres Drama, War, Historical
Themes Films based on mythology, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Films based on Greco-Roman mythology, Road movies, Films based on Greco-Roman mythology
Actors Harvey Keitel, Erland Josephson, Maia Morgenstern, Thanasis Veggos, Ljuba Tadić, Dragan Maksimović
Roles Albanian Film Library Manager (uncredited)
Rating75% 3.796553.796553.796553.796553.79655
A successful Greek filmmaker A (Harvey Keitel) is returning home and sets out on an epic journey across the battered Balkans in search of three lost reels of film by the Manaki brothers, the pioneering photographers who introduced movies into the Balkans at the beginning of the century.
The Suspended Step of the Stork, 2h23
Directed by Theo Angelopoulos
Origin Grece
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Marcello Mastroianni, Jeanne Moreau, Gerasimos Skiadaresis, Christoforos Nezer (d. 1996), Dimitris Poulikakos, Gregory Patrikareas
Roles Shopkeeper
Rating74% 3.7384053.7384053.7384053.7384053.738405
Alexandre, jeune reporter, est envoyé en mission près de la frontière albanaise où des réfugiés de diverses nationalités attendent de pouvoir traverser celle-ci. Alexandre croit reconnaître parmi eux une personnalité politique disparue mystérieusement dix années plus tôt.
Landscape in the Mist, 2h7
Directed by Theo Angelopoulos
Origin Grece
Genres Drama
Themes Inspiré de l'univers des contes et légendes, Films about children, Films about magic and magicians, Transport films, Road movies
Actors Gerasimos Skiadaresis, Stratos Tzortzoglou, Michael Giannatos, Christoforos Nezer (d. 1996)
Rating78% 3.946053.946053.946053.946053.94605
Pubescent Voula (Tania Palaiologou) and her five-year-old brother Alexandros (Michalis Zeke) want to see their father, whom they have never met before. Their mother tells them he lives in Germany and so Voula and Alexandros one day secretely leave their home to find him. They go to the Athens Railway Station and try to use the Germany Express, but are removed from the train for not having a ticket. A police officer takes them to a distant uncle, who convinces the officer that the children do not have a father in Germany. He informs him that their mother lied to them, to prevent them from knowing the truth: that they have different fathers and are simply the results of one-night stands. Although Voula and Alexandros eavesdrop on the conversation, they still believe their mother and believe the uncle is lying. When a blizzard suddenly hits the village and no more attention is paid to them, the children manage to escape.