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Theo Angelopoulos
Director / Screenwriter / Producer
1935 - 2012
Born April 17, Athens, Greece [Theodoros Angelopoulos]
Key Production Countries: Greece, Italy, France 
Key Genres: Drama, Political Drama, Road Movie, Psychological Drama
Key Collaborators: Yorgos Arvanitis (Cinematographer), Tonino Guerra (Screenwriter), Eleni Karaindrou (Composer), Andreas Sinanos (Cinematographer), Giorgos Triantafillou (Editor), Mikes Karapiperis (Production Designer), Aliki Georgouli (Leading Player), Eva Kotamanidou (Leading Player), Petros Markaris (Screenwriter), Yannis Tsitsopoulos (Editor)

Recommended: The Travelling Players (1975)*, Alexander the Great (1980)**, Voyage to Cythera (1984), Landscape in the Mist (1988)*
Worth a Look: Reconstruction (1970), The Hunters (1977)**, The Beekeeper (1986), The Suspended Step of the Stork (1991), Ulysses' Gaze (1995), Trilogy: The Weeping Meadow (2004)
Approach with Caution: Eternity and a Day (1998)
* Listed in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films section; ** Listed in TSPDT's Ain't Nobody's Blues But My Own section.

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Books: [ The Films of Theo Angelopoulos ] [ Theo Angelopoulos: Interviews ] [ The Last Modernist: The Films of Theo Angelopoulos ]
The Travelling Players (1975)Alexander the Great (1980)Voyage to Cythera (1984)Landscape in the Mist (1988)
  "It is hard for anyone to study Angelopoulos properly. The films deserve large screens - but one would settle for wretched video versions. Film culture has come a long way since the days when it was impossible to see "old" films in any form. Nevertheless, it is the case that many people who take the medium seriously have scarcely heard of, let alone encountered, the work of a master. And there are so few masters left now." - David Thomson (The New Biographical Dictionary of Film, 2002)  
  "He established his international reputation with the epic The Travelling Players (1975), and is known for his meditative, melancholy explorations of landscape, history and the relationship between past events and current politics." - (Chambers Film Factfinder, 2006)  
  "In 1975, after the seven-year military dictatorship in his country ended, Theo Angelopoulos emerged on the international scene with the most ambitious Greek films to date... Later, Angelopoulos used widely known actors - Marcello Mastroianni in The Beekeeper (1986), Harvey Keitel in Ulysses' Gaze (1995), and Bruno Ganz in Eternity and a Day (1998). With the masterful use of slow pans and long takes, the films are rewarding metaphysical road movies." - Ronald Bergan (Film - Eyewitness Companions, 2006)  

"Theodoros Angelopoulos’s considerable achievements in cinema during the 1970s and 1980s have made him not only the most important Greek filmmaker to date, but one of the truly creative and original artists of his time… If his style shows some influences—particularly Jancsó’s one reel-one take methodology and Antonioni’s slow, meditative mood—Angelopoulos has nevertheless created an authentic epic cinema akin to Brecht’s theatre in which aesthetic emotion is counterbalanced by a reflexive approach that questions the surfaces of reality. The audience is not allowed to identify with a central character, nor to follow a dramatic development, nor given a reassuring morality." - Michel Ciment (updated by Tina Gianoulis), International Dictionary of Film and Filmmakers

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See Also
Lisandro Alonso
Michelangelo Antonioni
Ingmar Bergman
Robert Bresson
Victor Erice
Manoel de Oliveira
Abbas Kiarostami
Miklós Jancsó
István Szabó
Alain Tanner
Paolo & Vittorio Taviani
Wim Wenders
Theo Angelopoulos's Favourites
8½ (1963) Federico Fellini, L'Avventura (1960) Michelangelo Antonioni, Citizen Kane (1941) Orson Welles, The Gold Rush (1925) Charles Chaplin, Ivan the Terrible (1944/1946) Sergei Eisenstein, Nosferatu (1922) F.W. Murnau, Ordet (1955) Carl Dreyer, Persona (1966) Ingmar Bergman, Pickpocket (1959) Robert Bresson, Ugetsu monogatari (1953) Kenji Mizoguchi. Source: Sight & Sound (2002)


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