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Theo Angelopoulos is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Producer Grec born on 27 april 1935 at Athens (Grece)

Theo Angelopoulos

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Birth name Theódoros Angelópoulos
Nationality Grece
Birth 27 april 1935 at Athens (Grece)
Death 24 january 2012 (at 76 years) at Piraeus (Grece)

Theodoros "Theo" Angelopoulos (Greek: Θεόδωρος Αγγελόπουλος) (27 April 1935 – 24 January 2012) was a Greek filmmaker, screenwriter and film producer.

An acclaimed and multi-awarded film director, who has dominated the Greek art film industry since 1975, and is considered one of the most influential and widely respected filmmakers in the world, started making films in 1967. In the 1970s he made a series of political films about modern Greece.

Angelopoulos, defined by Martin Scorsese as "a masterful filmmaker", has developed a unique cinematic vision, characterized by slightest movement, slightest change in distance, long takes, and complicated but carefully composed scenes, offering a hypnotic, sweeping, and profoundly emotional cinema.

In 1998 his film, Eternity and a Day, went on to win the prestigious Palme d'Or at the 51st edition of the Cannes Film Festival, and his films have been shown at the most important film festivals around the world. In 2000 he was the President of the Jury at the 22nd Moscow International Film Festival.


Theodoros Angelopoulos was born in Athens on 27 April 1935. During the Greek Civil War, his father was taken hostage and returned when Angelopoulos was 9 years old; according to the director, the absence of his father and looking for him among the dead bodies had a great impact on his cinematography. He studied law at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, but after his military service went to Paris to attend the Sorbonne. He soon dropped out to study film at the Institut des hautes études cinématographiques (IDHEC) before returning to Greece. There, he worked as a journalist and film critic. Angelopoulos began making films after the 1967 coup that began the Greek military dictatorship known as the Regime of the Colonels. He made his first short film in 1968 and in the 1970s he began making a series of political feature films about modern Greece: Days of '36 (Meres Tou 36, 1972), The Travelling Players (O Thiassos, 1975) and The Hunters (I Kynighoi, 1977). In 1978, he was a member of the jury at the 28th Berlin International Film Festival.

Theo Angelopoulos is a masterful filmmaker. He really understands how to control the frame. There are sequences in his work—the wedding scene in The Suspended Step of the Stork; the rape scene in Landscape in the Mist; or any given scene in The Traveling Players—where the slightest movement, the slightest change in distance, sends reverberations through the film and through the viewer. The total effect is hypnotic, sweeping, and profoundly emotional. His sense of control is almost otherworldly.

—Martin Scorsese

He quickly established a characteristic style, marked by slow, episodic and ambiguous narrative structures as well as long takes (The Travelling Players, for example, consists of only 80 shots in about four hours of film). These takes often include meticulously choreographed and complicated scenes involving many actors. His regular collaborators include the cinematographer Giorgos Arvanitis, the screenwriter Tonino Guerra and the composer Eleni Karaindrou. One of the recurring themes of his work is immigration, the flight from homeland and the return, as well as the history of 20th century Greece. Angelopoulos was considered by British film critics Derek Malcolm and David Thomson as one of the world's greatest directors.

Angelopoulos was awarded honorary doctorates by the Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium in 1995, by Paris West University Nanterre La Défense, France, by the University of Essex, UK in July 2001, by the University of Western Macedonia, Greece in December 2008, and by the University of the Aegean, Greece in December 2009.

Angelopoulos died late on Tuesday, 24 January 2012, several hours after being involved in an accident while shooting his latest film, The Other Sea in Athens. The filmmaker had been with his crew in the area of Drapetsona, near Piraeus when he was hit by a motorcycle driven by an off-duty police officer, on Tuesday evening. The accident occurred when Angelopoulos, 76, attempted to cross a busy road. He was taken to the hospital, where he was treated in an intensive care unit but succumbed to his serious injuries several hours later. Before expiring, Angelopoulos suffered at least one heart attack.

Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Theo Angelopoulos (21 films)

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Kurosawa's Way, 52minutes
Genres Documentary
Themes Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentaire sur une personnalité
Actors Clint Eastwood, Hayao Miyazaki, Bernardo Bertolucci, Martin Scorsese, Bong Joon-ho, Abbas Kiarostami
Roles Self
Rating69% 3.4750953.4750953.4750953.4750953.475095
Onze grands cinéastes d’Europe, d’Amérique et d’Asie parlent de Akira Kurosawa et découvrent de surprenantes influences sur leur propre œuvre.
Hitler in Hollywood, 1h27
Directed by Frédéric Sojcher
Origin Belgique
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Maria de Medeiros, Micheline Presle, Hans Meyer, Pierre Laroche, Josiane Stoléru, Tonie Marshall
Roles lui-même
Rating58% 2.920142.920142.920142.920142.92014
Maria de Medeiros réalise un documentaire hommage sur Micheline Presle. Cette dernière lui confie avoir tourné pendant la guerre un film qu'elle n'a jamais vu, parce qu'il n'est pas sorti, Je ne vous aime pas, de Luis Aramchek. Or ce film et ce réalisateur sont inconnus, et Maria de Medeiros, aidée par deux collaborateurs, se lance sur leurs traces.
Kierion (1974)
, 1h32
Origin Grece
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors Theo Angelopoulos, Tonia Marketaki, Costas Ferris, Pantelís Voúlgaris
Rating71% 3.5780253.5780253.5780253.5780253.578025
Bien que les noms aient été changés, le film s'inspire de l'assassinat de George Polk.
The Reconstruction, 1h40
Directed by Theo Angelopoulos
Origin Grece
Genres Drama, Crime, Romance
Actors Theo Angelopoulos
Roles Journalist (uncredited)
Rating72% 3.641243.641243.641243.641243.64124
Dans un village retiré de l'Épire, une femme assassine son mari, tout juste de retour d'Allemagne où il était parti travailler, avec l'aide de son amant. Le crime n'est jamais montré à l'écran. Les personnages principaux (juge, policiers, journalistes) tentent de reconstituer et comprendre un fait-divers qui leur échappe.


Alexander the Great, 3h55
Directed by Theo Angelopoulos
Origin Grece
Genres Drama, War, Historical
Actors Omero Antonutti, Michael Giannatos, Christoforos Nezer (d. 1996)
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.
The Dust of Time, 2h5
Directed by Theo Angelopoulos
Origin Grece
Genres Drama
Actors Willem Dafoe, Bruno Ganz, Michel Piccoli, Irène Jacob, Christiane Paul
Rating64% 3.2467053.2467053.2467053.2467053.246705
In 1999, an American film director of Greek descent named A (Willem Dafoe) receives a phone call from his melancholic daughter at the Cinecittà studio. He rushes back to his apartment in Rome, where he finds a letter his mother, Eleni (Irène Jacob), wrote to his father, Spyros (Michel Piccoli), in 1956.
To Each His Own Cinema, 1h40
Directed by Claude Lelouch, Abbas Kiarostami, Amos Gitaï, Elia Suleiman, Nanni Moretti, Takeshi Kitano, Andreï Kontchalovski, Youssef Chahine, Roman Polanski, Wim Wenders, Chen Kaige, Raoul Ruiz, Olivier Assayas, Theo Angelopoulos, Michael Cimino, Wong Kar-wai, Manoel de Oliveira, Jane Campion, Alejandro González Iñárritu, David Lynch, Gus Van Sant, Atom Egoyan, Lars von Trier, Ken Loach, Walter Salles, David Cronenberg, Zhang Yimou, Bille August, Aki Kaurismäki, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Tsai Ming-liang, Raymond Depardon
Origin France
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Isabelle Adjani, Anouk Aimée, Antoine Chappey, David Cronenberg, Yosra El Lozy, Taraneh Allidousti
Rating67% 3.3966453.3966453.3966453.3966453.396645
35 réalisateurs d'origines très variées (25 pays différents) ont tous mis en scène un court métrage de 3 minutes, sur le thème de la salle de cinéma. Le film en regroupe 33 puisque les frères Coen et les frères Dardenne travaillent ensemble. Celui de David Lynch ne faisait pas partie du film mais a été présenté en ouverture du festival.
The Weeping Meadow, 2h50
Directed by Theo Angelopoulos
Origin Grece
Genres Drama, Historical, Romance
Actors Michael Giannatos
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.
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
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
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
Rating74% 3.7387153.7387153.7387153.7387153.738715
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.
The Beekeeper, 2h
Directed by Theo Angelopoulos
Origin Grece
Genres Drama
Actors Marcello Mastroianni, Serge Reggiani, Dinos Iliopoulos, Michael Giannatos, Christoforos Nezer (d. 1996), Dimitris Poulikakos
Rating72% 3.64383.64383.64383.64383.6438
Un quinquagénaire du nom de Spyros quitte sa femme et son foyer le jour de mariage de sa fille. Il part vers le sud au volant de sa camionnette et souhaite devenir apiculteur. Au cours de ce voyage, il retrouve de vieux camarades, la maison où il est né ... et il rencontre une jeune auto-stoppeuse.
Voyage to Cythera, 2h17
Directed by Theo Angelopoulos
Origin Grece
Genres Drama
Actors Manos Katrakis, Giulio Brogi, Mary Chronopoulou, Dionysis Papagiannopoulos, Athinodoros Prousalis, Michael Giannatos
Rating76% 3.8397253.8397253.8397253.8397253.839725
Alexandre (Giulio Brogi), metteur en scène, est à la recherche d'un vieil acteur. Il le trouve chez un vendeur de légumes. Le film peut commencer. Alexandre accueille son père Spyros (Manos Katrakis), ancien résistant, de retour d'URSS après trente-deux années d'exil forcé. L'amnistie a en effet été prononcée après la chute de la dictature des colonels en 1974. Spyros retrouve sa femme, Katerina (Dora Volanaki). Puis il retrouve son village, sa maison et quelques anciens camarades. Mais Spyros a beaucoup de mal à comprendre le temps écoulé. L'idée-même du retour qu'il a chérie durant 32 ans est devenue intangible. Seule son épouse semble le comprendre.