Michael Cacoyannis

Actor, TV producer, Attorney
Having been most responsible for bringing worldwide attention to Greek cinema in its renaissance after World War II, director-writer-producer Michael Cacoyannis broke out as the auteur behind four rough-hewn, open-air ... Read more »
Born: 06/11/1922 in Limassol, , CY

Filmography

Director (16)

The Cherry Orchard 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Up, Down and Sideways 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Pano Kato Ke Plagios 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Sweet Country 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Iphigenia 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Attila 74 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

The Trojan Women 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Zorba the Greek 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

A Matter of Dignity 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

Electra 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

The Wastrel 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

Our Last Spring 1959 (Movie)

(Director)

Stella 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Windfall in Athens 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

A Girl in Black 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

The Story of Jacob and Joseph (TV Show)

Director
Writer (13)

The Cherry Orchard 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Pano Kato Ke Plagios 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sweet Country 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Iphigenia 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Trojan Women 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Zorba the Greek 1964 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Matter of Dignity 1960 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Electra 1960 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Wastrel 1960 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Our Last Spring 1959 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Stella 1957 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Windfall in Athens 1956 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Girl in Black 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (8)

The Cherry Orchard 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Pano Kato Ke Plagios 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sweet Country 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

Attila 74 1974 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Trojan Women 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

Zorba the Greek 1964 (Movie)

(Producer)

Electra 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)

Our Last Spring 1959 (Movie)

(Producer)
Editor (6)

The Cherry Orchard 2002 (Movie)

(Editor)

Pano Kato Ke Plagios 1992 (Movie)

(Editor)

Sweet Country 1987 (Movie)

(Editor)

Iphigenia 1976 (Movie)

(Editor)

Attila 74 1974 (Movie)

(Editor)

Zorba the Greek 1964 (Movie)

(Editor)
Actor (2)

Attila 74 1974 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Caesar and Cleopatra (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

Having been most responsible for bringing worldwide attention to Greek cinema in its renaissance after World War II, director-writer-producer Michael Cacoyannis broke out as the auteur behind four rough-hewn, open-air films fairly bursting with a passion not confined to the volatile characters peopling his work. After his training in England, Cacoyannis returned to Greece and helmed the hits "Windfall in Athens" (1954), "Stella" (1955), "A Girl in Black" (1956) and "A Matter of Dignity" (1958), which secured him a place on the international stage as well as a recurring slot in the prestigious festival circuit. Marrying the power of ancient Greek drama with modern production values and evergreen themes, he wowed critics with his literary adaptations, particularly his take on Euripides's trilogy of tragedies, "Electra" (1962), "The Trojan Women" (1971) and "Iphigenia" (1977). But Cacoyannis's global breakthrough and greatest legacy came from the indelible, lusty portrait of "Zorba the Greek" (1964), his most famous and popular film. The director kept a fairly low profile until emerging decades later with an adaptation of Anton Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard" (1999). Despite a drop-off in output over his last years, Cacoyannis helped give Greek cinema an eloquent, modern voice, while his esteemed body of work was beloved around the world.

Relationships

Angelika Cacoyannis

Mother

Panayotis Cacoyannis

Father
Knighted by the British government in 1936

Stella Cacoyannis

Sister
Served in the government of Cyprus

EDUCATION

Earned his LLB and was called to the bar in 1943

Milestones

1999

Completed his long-dreamed version of Anton Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard"; released theatrically in USA in 2002

1993

Returned to filmmaking again with "Pano Kato Ke Plagios/Up, Down and Sideways"

1986

Returned to features with his first full U.S. directing credit, "Sweet Country"

1983

Directed the Broadway musical adaptation of "Zorba," based on his hit film, "Zorba the Greek" with Anthony Quinn and Lila Kedrova reprising their roles from the film

1977

Last film for nearly a decade and last film in his Euripides trilogy, "Iphigenia"

1975

Made the feature-length documentary, "Attila 74," which examined the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1944

1974

Directed the U.S. TV-movie, "The Story of Jacob and Joseph"

1968

Staged a production of "Romeo and Juliet" in Paris

1967

Last collaboration with Walter Lassally, "The Day the Fish Came Out"

1967

Staged a production of Marvin David Levy's opera adaptation, "Mourning Becomes Electra" at the Metropolitan Opera

1965

Directed a production of Terrence McNally's "And Things That Go Bump in the Night"

1964

First international co-production, "Zorba the Greek" (co-production with the U.S. and Greece)

1963

Restaged "The Trojan Women" in New York at the Circle in the Square

1962

Staged a production of Euripides' play, "The Trojan Women" at the Spoleto Festival

1961

First film in his trilogy of Euripides adaptations, "Electra"; first collaboration with actress Irene Papas

1961

First non-Greek film, the Italian production of "Il relitto/The Wastrel"

1956

First collaboration with cinematographer Walter Lassally, "A Girl in Black"

1953

Made feature directing debut with "Windfall in Athens"; first collaboration with actress Elli Lambetti

1947

Made his stage acting debut at the Old Vic in "Salome"

1940

Worked producing for the Greek service of the BBC

SIMILAR ARTICLES