R.I.P. His cinema was a revelation to me.
From the Washington Post:
ATHENS, Greece — Theo Angelopoulos, an award-winning Greek filmmaker known for his slow and dreamlike style as a director, was killed in a road accident Tuesday while working on his latest movie. He was 76.
Police and hospital officials said Angelopoulos suffered serious head injuries and died at a hospital after being hit by a motorcycle while walking across a road near a movie set near Athens’ main port of Piraeus.
The driver, also injured and hospitalized, was later identified as an off-duty police officer.
The accident occurred while Angelopoulos was working on his upcoming movie “The Other Sea.”
Sad, sad news.
Hero, inspiration… I’m terribly sad. Cinema has become poorer today.
Zoi se mas.
Wow. What a terrible way to go. :(
Since they say he was making a film when the accident happened, dying in the act of filmmaking is probably the best way a filmmaker can go, no? (not that I would like to get hit by a motorcycle!).
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/greek-filmmaker-theo-angelopoulos-killed-in-road-accident/2012/01/24/gIQA4ZBMOQ_story.html More details.
So terribly upsetting.
Now Criterion simply MUST find a way to release, at the very least, The Travelling Players.
In Brazil only TWO of his movies have been released.
A big loss. Of course, we should all celebrate his life by watching as many of his films as you can.
I was planning on watching The Traveling Players and Megalexandros this week. Now it’s certain.
I’m watching The Weeping Meadow tomorrow.
Also sprach Dimitris:
“His career spanned four decades and, in 1995, he won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes for Ulysses’ Gaze.” as a subtitle “comment” is quite uninformative since you don’t even mention his most well-known achievement, the Golden Palm for Eternity and a Day.
A pretty stale article as a whole without a single mention of the Trilogy of History, let alone the 1 film most cinephiles know Greek cinema exists on the map, The Travelling Players. I’m expecting a better, more condensed comment on his overall work."
Didn’t know him and wasn’t a big fan, but getting gunned down by a motorcycle is quite the cinematic death. RIP!
^It’s definitely a poetic metaphor for such a slow-moving filmmaker to get killed by a speeding motorcycle.
that’s so awful, Ari
The motorcycle driver was a police officer? wtf?