From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Angelopoulos studied law at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, but after his military service went to Paris to attend the Sorbonne. He soon dropped out to study film at the IDHEC (Institute of Advanced Cinematographic Studies) before returning to Greece. There, he worked as a journalist and film critic. In 1978, he was a member of the jury at the 28th Berlin International Film Festival.
Angelopoulos began making films after the 1967 coup that began the Greek military dictatorship known as the Regime of the Colonels. He made his first short film in 1968 and in the 1970s he began making a series of political feature films about modern Greece: Days of '36 (Meres Tou 36, 1972), The Travelling Players (O Thiassos, 1975) and The Hunters (I Kynighoi, 1977). He quickly established a characteristic style, marked by slow, episodic and ambiguous narrative structures as well as long takes (The Travelling Players, for example, consists of only 80 shots in about four hours of film). These takes often include meticulously choreographed and complicated scenes involving many actors. His regular collaborators include the cinematographer Giorgos Arvanitis, the screenwriter Tonino Guerra and the composer Eleni Karaindrou. Angelopoulos considered by British film critics Derek Malcolm and David Thomson as one of the world's greatest directors.
Angelopoulos died late on Tuesday, 24 January 2012, several hours after being involved in an accident while shooting his latest film in Athens. The respected filmmaker had been with his crew in the area of Drapetsona, near Piraeus when he was hit by a motorcycle on Tuesday evening. The accident occurred when Angelopoulos, 76, attempted to cross a busy road. Initial reports suggested that a policeman was riding the motorbike but this has not been confirmed.
He was taken to the hospital, where he was treated in an intensive care unit but succumbed to his serious injuries several hours later.
- The Broadcast (1968)
- 1968. Greek Critics' Award, Thessaloniki Film Festival.
- Reconstruction (1970)
- 1970. Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Film, Best Actress Awards, Critics' Award, Thessaloniki Film Festival.
- 1971. Georges Sadoul Award as «Best Film of the Year Shown in France).
- 1971. Best Foreign Film Award, Hyeres Film Festival.
- Days of '36 (1970)
- 1972. Best Director, Best Cinematography Awards, Thessaloniki Film Festival
- International Film Critics Association (FIPRESCI) Award for Best Film, Berlin Film Festival.
- The Travelling Players (1974–75)
- 1975. International Film Critics Award (FIPRESCI), Cannes.
- 1975. Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Actress, Greek Critics Association Awards, International Thessaloniki Film Festival
- Interfilm Award, «Forum» 1975 Berlin Festival.
- 1976. Best film of the Year, British Film Institute,
- Italian Film Critics Association: Best Film in the World, 1970-80.
- FIPRESCI: One of the Top Films in the History of Cinema.
- Grand Prix of the Arts, Japan.
- Best Film of the Year, Japan.
- Golden Age Award, Brussels.
- The Hunters (1977)
- 1978. Golden Hugo Award for Best Film, Chicago Film Festival.
- Megalexandros (1980)
- 1980. Golden Lion and International Film Critics Award (FIPRESCI), Venice Film Festival.
- Voyage to Cythera (1983)
- Landscape in the Mist (1988)
- Ulysses' Gaze (1995)
- Feature Films
- Reconstruction (Anaparastasi) (1970)
- Days of '36 (Meres tou '36) (1972)
- The Travelling Players (O Thiassos) (1975)
- The Hunters (I Kinighi) (1977)
- Alexander the Great (O Megalexandros) (1980)
- Voyage to Cythera (Taxidi stin Kythira) (1984)
- The Beekeeper (O Melissokomos) (1986)
- Landscape in the Mist (Topio stin Omichli) (1988)
- The Suspended Step of the Stork (To Meteoro Vima tou Pelargou) (1991)
- Ulysses' Gaze (To Vlemma tou Odyssea) (1995)
- Eternity and a Day (Mia aioniothta kai mia mera) (1998)
- The Weeping Meadow (Trilogia I: To Livadi pou dakryzi) (2004)
- The Dust of Time (I skoni tou chronou) (2009)
- Other Films
- Broadcast (I Ekpombi) (1968) (Short Film)
- Athens (Athina, epistrofi stin Akropoli) (1983) (TV Movie)
- Lumière and Company (Lumière et compagnie) (1995) (Segment of portmanteau film, with contributions from 40 directors)
- Chacun son cinéma (2007) (Segment of portmanteau film, with contributions from 33 directors)