Obituary: Greek director Theo Angelopoulos

Article published on Jan. 30, 2012
Article published on Jan. 30, 2012

One of the most important figures in modern Greek as well as world cinema was killed in a motorcycle accident on 24 January, in the middle of shooting for his latest film. Angelopoulos is hailed as an all-time great, his name synonymous in modern-day language usage for describing anything that is slow thanks to his elaborate style of using long extended takes. Amidst the dithyrambs mourning the screenwriter and producer, cinema critic Dimitris Danikas caused some consternation with comments that the director was stingy, arrogant and obsessed with the aesthetic. Born in Athens in 1935, Angelopoulos spent some time living in Paris, and scooped top awards at the Venice and Cannes film festivals. In tribute, watch the trailer of The Travelling Players (‘O Thiasos’, 1975), named one of the 100 best films of all time in Japan (Homepage image: (cc) George Laoutaris/ Flickr/ laoutaris.wordpress.com/)