Stavros Tornes was born in a small Athenian neighbourhood in1932. He works on various jobs and in 1957 he begins his cinema studies. At first, he works as an assistant and as an actor in the Greek films of the 60’s and collaborates with cinema people who search, as he does, the secrets of the cinema language and expression.
He also collaborates with E. Kazan in the casting of the film America, America and with Cacoyannis in Zorba.
Stavros Tornes debutes as a director in 1963-1964 when he makes two documentaries for the Greek tourist organization, Mycene, Cyclades.
In 1967 he presents shortlength film Theraicos Orthros, co-directed by Kostas Sfikas.
Right after this, Stavros Tornes leaves military governed Greece and goes to Italy. With a group of exiled patriots, he defends the lost Greek democracy and travels a lot to Italy, France, the, Middle East, trying to be heard.
In 1973, he illegally visits Greece and makes the… read more