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Also Known As: Theodoros Anghelopoulos, Theodoros Angelopoulos Died: January 24, 2012
Born: April 17, 1935 Cause of Death: Road Accident
Birth Place: Athens, , GR Profession: screenwriter, director, producer, film critic, actor, author, lawyer, poet

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Theo Angelopoulos worked on a variety of projects during his entertainment career. In 1962, he moved to Paris and briefly attended Sorbonne, then IDHEC, and after expulsion worked at Musee de l'Homme under the tutelage of ethnographer/filmmaker Jean Rouch; he later completed a 16mm student film, a thriller, begun at IDHEC. In 1965, he began a semi-documentary about a pop group, "Forminx Story"; the project was abandoned after a dispute with the producer. In 1970, he directed and wrote his first black and white feature film, "Anaparastassi/Reconstruction," which was also his first collaboration with cinematographer George Arvanitis. In 1977, he made his feature producing debut with "The Hunters," which he also wrote and directed. Angelopoulos launched his directing career with dramas such as "Anaparastasis" (1970) with Toula Stathopoulo and Yannis Totsikas, "I Meres tou 36" (1972) starring Thanos Grammenos and the Venghelis Kazan film "I Kinigi" (1977). He also appeared in "O Megalexandros" (1980) with Omero Antonutti. In addition to directing, Angelopoulos appeared on the big screen as an actor in "Jimmy the Tiger" (1966). In the eighties, Angelopoulos devoted his time to various credits, such...

Theo Angelopoulos worked on a variety of projects during his entertainment career. In 1962, he moved to Paris and briefly attended Sorbonne, then IDHEC, and after expulsion worked at Musee de l'Homme under the tutelage of ethnographer/filmmaker Jean Rouch; he later completed a 16mm student film, a thriller, begun at IDHEC. In 1965, he began a semi-documentary about a pop group, "Forminx Story"; the project was abandoned after a dispute with the producer. In 1970, he directed and wrote his first black and white feature film, "Anaparastassi/Reconstruction," which was also his first collaboration with cinematographer George Arvanitis. In 1977, he made his feature producing debut with "The Hunters," which he also wrote and directed. Angelopoulos launched his directing career with dramas such as "Anaparastasis" (1970) with Toula Stathopoulo and Yannis Totsikas, "I Meres tou 36" (1972) starring Thanos Grammenos and the Venghelis Kazan film "I Kinigi" (1977). He also appeared in "O Megalexandros" (1980) with Omero Antonutti. In addition to directing, Angelopoulos appeared on the big screen as an actor in "Jimmy the Tiger" (1966). In the eighties, Angelopoulos devoted his time to various credits, such as "Athens, 1982" (1982), "Enas Melissokomos Petheni - O Alles Mythos" (1986) and "L' Heritage de la chouette" with Cornelius Castoriadis (1989). He also worked on "Taxidi stin Kythera" (1989). In the latter half of his career, Angelopoulos directed the drama "O Melissokomos" (1993) with Marcello Mastroianni, the adventurous drama "Ulysses' Gaze" (1997) with Harvey Keitel and the drama "Eternity and A Day" (1999) with Vassilis Seimenis. Angelopoulos last directed "The Dust of Time" (2009) with Harvey Keitel. Angelopoulos passed away in January 2012 at the age of 77.

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 Kurosawa's Way (2011)
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 Heritage de la chouette, L' (1989) Himself
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1959:
Served in the Greek military
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Until 1960, worked as lawyer while also writing published verse, short stories and essays with a distinctive abstract modernist sensibility
1962:
Moved to Paris and briefly attended Sorbonne, then IDHEC, and after expulsion worked at Musee de l'Homme under the tutelage of ethnographer/filmmaker Jean Rouch; he later completed a 16mm student film, a thriller, begun at IDHEC
1963:
Returned to Greece and worked as a film critic for the leftist Athens daily "Dimokratiki Allaghi" (1964-67) until the paper shut down after Colonels' coup
1965:
Began a semi-documentary about a pop group, "Forminx Story"; the project was abandoned after a dispute with the producer
1968:
Documentary short (28-minute) writing and directing debut, "I Ekpombi/The Broadcast/The Transmission"
1970:
Directed and wrote his first black and white feature film, "Anaparastassi/Reconstruction," which was also his first collaboration with cinematographer George Arvanitis
1977:
Made his feature producing debut with "The Hunters," which he also wrote and directed
1980:
Wrote and directed the drama "O Megalexandros," winning the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival
1984:
Helmed "Voyage to Cythera," about an old Communist who returns to Greece after 32 years, for which he was nominated for the Palme d'Or at Cannes
1995:
Directed Harvey Keitel in the war drama "To vlemma tou Odyssea/Ulysses' Gaze"; this was nominated for the Palme d'Or and won the Grand Prize of the Jury
1998:
Wrote and directed the critically acclaimed drama "Eternity and a Day" and won the Palme d'Or at Cannes
2004:
Wrote and directed "Trilogy: The Weeping Meadow"
2008:
Helmed the drama "The Dust of Time," starring Willem Dafoe and Bruno Ganz
2011:
Final film credit, directing the segment "Céu Inferior" for the anthology "Mundo Invisível"
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Education

University of Athens: - 1953 - 1957
Sorbonne, University of Paris: - 1962
Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematographiques: - 1962 - 1963

Notes

His "distinctive trademark ... is the long sequence shot wich dislocates time. Characters in an Angeloupouls film are acted upon by events, but the spaces between events have an equal importance in the general scheme. It is, says Angelopoulos, 'a cinema of dead spaces sandwiched between times in which things take place ... In my films the specator is not drawn in by artificial means, he remains inside and outside at the same time, with the opportunity of passing judgment ...'" --David Wilson (British National Film Theatre's program notes, July 1981)

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wife:
Phobe Economopoulou. Married in 1980.

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father:
Spyridon Angelopoulos.
mother:
Katerina Angelopoulos.

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