Theo Angelopoulos

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
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 ... Read more »
Born: 04/17/1935 in Athens, GR

Filmography

Director (17)

The Dust of Time 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Chacun son cinema 2007 (Movie)

("Trois Minutes"/"Three Minutes") (Director)

The Weeping Meadow 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Eternity and A Day 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Ulysses' Gaze 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Lumiere Et Compagnie 1995 (Movie)

featured director (Director)

O Melissokomos 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

The Suspended Step of the Stork 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Landscape in the Mist 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

The Travelling Players 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Taxidi stin Kythera 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Athens, 1982 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

O Megalexandros 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

I Kinigi 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

I Meres tou 36 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Anaparastasis 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

I Ekpombi 1967 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (15)

The Weeping Meadow 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Eternity and A Day 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ulysses' Gaze 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

O Melissokomos 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Landscape in the Mist 1990 (Movie)

(Story By)

Landscape in the Mist 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Travelling Players 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Taxidi stin Kythera 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Taxidi stin Kythera 1989 (Movie)

(Story By)

Athens, 1982 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

O Megalexandros 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

I Kinigi 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

I Meres tou 36 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Anaparastasis 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

I Ekpombi 1967 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (5)

Kurosawa's Way 2016 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

40X15: Forty Years of the Directors' Fortnight 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

L' Heritage de la chouette 1988 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Jimmy the Tiger 1965 (Movie)

(Actor)
Producer (4)

Port Djema 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Ulysses' Gaze 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Suspended Step of the Stork 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

Landscape in the Mist 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Daughter

Spyridon Angelopoulos

Father

Katerina Angelopoulos

Mother

Phoebe Economopoulou

Wife
Married in 1980 until Angelopoulos' death on Jan. 24, 2012

EDUCATION

Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematographiques

Paris 1962 - 1963
expelled after dispute with lecturer; began work on 16mm student film

Sorbonne, University of Paris

Paris 1962

University of Athens

1953 - 1957

Milestones

2011

Final film credit, directing the segment "Céu Inferior" for the anthology "Mundo Invisível"

2008

Helmed the drama "The Dust of Time," starring Willem Dafoe and Bruno Ganz

2004

Wrote and directed "Trilogy: The Weeping Meadow"

1998

Wrote and directed the critically acclaimed drama "Eternity and a Day" and won 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

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

1980

Wrote and directed the drama "O Megalexandros," winning the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival

1977

Made his feature producing debut with "The Hunters," which he also wrote and directed

1969

Directed and wrote his first black and white feature film, "Anaparastassi/Reconstruction," which was also his first collaboration with cinematographer George Arvanitis

1968

Documentary short (28-minute) writing and directing debut, "I Ekpombi/The Broadcast/The Transmission"

1965

Began a semi-documentary about a pop group, "Forminx Story"; the project was abandoned after a dispute with the producer

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

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

1959

Served in the Greek military

Until 1960, worked as lawyer while also writing published verse, short stories and essays with a distinctive abstract modernist sensibility

Bonus Trivia

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His "distinctive trademark...is the long sequence shot which dislocates time. Characters in an Angelopoulos 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 spectator 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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Angelopoulos lived through the Nazi occupation of Greece during World War II and the ensuing 1946-49 Greek civil war. Both were recurring themes in his early films.

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