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R.I.P. Theo Angelopoulos (1935-2012)

by Kevin Jagernauth
January 24, 2012 5:38 PM
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Theo Angelopoulos

Sad news is arriving this afternoon from Greece, as legendary filmmaker Theo Angelopolous was struck by a motorcycle on the set of his latest film and has died of his injuries at the age of 77.

Filmmaking wasn't the first career chosen by the director, who studied law and later attended the Sorbonne before finally studying film at the IDHEC (Institute of Advanced Cinematographic Studies). Over the course of his carrer, Angelopoulos directed only thirteen feature length films, but a handful of them are regarded as some of the finest ever made. Angelopoulos' films are known for their meditative (and sometimes, equally elaborate) long takes, beautiful cinematography courtesy of his long collaborator Giorgos Arvanitis, and a meditative storytelling style that didn't make him a box office favorite, but earned him the adoration of cinephiles worldwide.

His work has been honored by film festivals across the globe, with his utterly lovely "Landscape In The Mist" (BluRay release, please!) winning the Silver Lion in Venice in 1988, while he was a regular fixture at Cannes, winning the Palme d'Or a decade later for "Eternity And A Day." At the time of his death, Angelopolous was shooting "The Other Sea," starring Toni Servillo (“Gomorrah,” “Il Divo”) with a story set against the backdrop of the current economic crisis in Greece and centering on a politician who assists illegal immigrants from Macedonia and Albania to enter the country. The film was to be the closing chapter of his trilogy of films that included "The Weaping Meadow" and "The Dust Of Time." The production in the midst of a six week shoot, and its status is unknown at this time.

Angelopoulos was a singular, distinct voice whose unhurried, deeply evocative aesthetic was poetic and powerful. He will be greatly missed. [News 247/Newsbeast]

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  • Nemanja Savanovic | January 25, 2012 2:11 PMReply

    Thank you for the films Mr Angelopoulos, may he rest in peace.

  • Nik Grape | January 25, 2012 1:11 PMReply

    Sad news indeed. And what a way to go too. R.I.P. I saw The Dust of Time and it really made an impact, Willem Dafoe gives a wonderful performance.

  • Huffy | January 25, 2012 7:43 AMReply

    While I know him by reputation I'm ashamed to say that I've never seen one of his works. Anyone have a recommendation of where to start?

  • Dimitris | January 26, 2012 4:36 PM

    "The Travelling Players" maybe his best film and one of the greatest films of all times.
    "Voyage to Cythera"
    and my favourite ""O Megalexandros""

  • MDL | January 26, 2012 1:31 AM

    Landscapes in The Mist might be a better start. It's probably his most recognized film. After that seek out his earlier films. And then Ulysses Gaze. All are challenging but all the more beautiful because of that.

  • karam | January 25, 2012 11:39 AM

    Uylesse's Gaze

  • Warner | January 25, 2012 5:58 AMReply

    Ignorant me/ I've never heard of him, or seen his movies, but I see the sensibility of him as a person, and a great artist. I will look at his art, he seemed to be a great man. Rest in Peace.

  • Carlos Opitz | January 25, 2012 5:33 AMReply

    Truly tragic. Rest in peace Theo!

  • Denis | January 25, 2012 5:25 AMReply

    Rest in peace. We will never forget you!

  • Stefania | January 25, 2012 12:37 AMReply

    How terrible! At the very least, he passed while doing what he enjoyed. May he rest in peace.

  • simon | January 24, 2012 6:45 PMReply

    I will tell you about the journey
    All the night long
    And all the nights to come
    Between one embrace and the next
    Between lovers' calls
    A whole human adventure
    The story that never ends

    Thank you, Theo.

  • Cde. | January 24, 2012 6:11 PMReply

    Holy shit, what a tragedy.

    Rest in peace.

  • Panagiotis Alexandrou | January 24, 2012 6:11 PMReply

    As a Greek (and a film lover) I am devastated by this news.One of the last of the great European auteurs just passed away (during the filming of the 3rd and final chapter of a film trilogy...).
    May he rest in peace.His work remains though - always.The dust of time (the title of his previous film) will never erase it.

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