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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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Angelopoulos trained as a lawyer before attending IDHEC and began his film career as a critic. His early work as a director was largely historically based and includes a trilogy ("Days of '36" 1972, "Voyage of the Comedians" 1975, "The Hunters" 1977) which chronicles the history of Greece from the mid-1930s onward. His later work, better known internationally, draws more on ancient history and myth but retains a key political dimension."Voyage to Cythera" (1984) is a poignant, exquisitely composed drama about an aging exile who returns to Greece--it earned a best original screenplay award at Cannes for Angelopoulos and co-writers Tonino Guerra and Theo Valtinos; "The Beekeeper" (1986) features a landmark performance from Marcello Mastroianni as a gloomy, retired teacher who picks up an enigmatic hitchhiker during a road trip. Angelopoulos is a major director with a distinctive vision and a finely honed style who has been sadly neglected by most American critics.

Angelopoulos trained as a lawyer before attending IDHEC and began his film career as a critic. His early work as a director was largely historically based and includes a trilogy ("Days of '36" 1972, "Voyage of the Comedians" 1975, "The Hunters" 1977) which chronicles the history of Greece from the mid-1930s onward. His later work, better known internationally, draws more on ancient history and myth but retains a key political dimension.

"Voyage to Cythera" (1984) is a poignant, exquisitely composed drama about an aging exile who returns to Greece--it earned a best original screenplay award at Cannes for Angelopoulos and co-writers Tonino Guerra and Theo Valtinos; "The Beekeeper" (1986) features a landmark performance from Marcello Mastroianni as a gloomy, retired teacher who picks up an enigmatic hitchhiker during a road trip. Angelopoulos is a major director with a distinctive vision and a finely honed style who has been sadly neglected by most American critics.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Eternity and A Day (1998) Director
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  Lumiere Et Compagnie (1996) Featured Director
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CAST: (feature film)

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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 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, briefly attended Sorbonne, then IDHEC, and after expulsion worked at Musee de l'Homme under tutelage of ethnographer/filmmaker Jean Rouch; completed 16mm student film, a thriller, begun at IDHEC
1963:
Returned to Greece; worked as film critic for leftist Athens daily "Dimokratiki Allaghi" (1964-67) until paper shut down after Colonels' coup
1965:
Began semi-documentary about a pop group, "Forminx Story"; project abandoned after dispute with producer
1968:
Documentary short (28-minute) writing and directing debut, "I Ekpombi/The Broadcast/The Transmission"
1970:
Directed and wrote first black and white feature film "Anaparastassi/Reconstruction"; first collaboration with cinematographer George Arvanitis
1977:
Made feature producing debut with "The Hunters"; also wrote and directed
1980:
Wrote and directed the drama "O Megalexandros"; the Golden Lion at the Venice film festival
1984:
Helmed "Voyage to Cythera" about an old Communist who returns to Greece after 32 years; nominated for Palme d'Or at Cannes
1995:
Directed Harvey Keitel in the war drama "To vlemma tou Odyssea/Ulysses' Gaze"; nominated for Palme d'Or and won Grand Prize of the Jury
1998:
Wrote and directed the critically acclaimed drama about a writer (Bruno Ganz) who befriends a young Albanian immigrant in "Eternity and a Day"; won 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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