Theo Angelopoulos Dead After Being Hit by Motorcycle: Landscape In The Mist, Eternity And A Day

Greek filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos died earlier today at a hospital near Athens. Angelopoulos had suffered serious head injuries after being hit by a motorcycle while crossing a road. He was 76. [Addendum: Angelopoulos died while filming The Other Sea, the third installment in a trilogy initiated with The Weeping Meadow and The Dust of Time (see below).] Known for his deliberately paced, dreamlike films, Angelopoulos and his movies won a number of awards from critics and at film festivals around the world. In 1995, for instance, Angelopoulos' Ulysses' Gaze won the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Upon receiving his runner-up award, a none-too-pleased Angelopoulos' told those in attendance: "If this is what you have to give me, I have nothing to say." He then walked off without bothering to pose for photographers. Having learned their lesson, three years later Cannes' jurors gave Angelopoulos' the Palme d'Or for Eternity and a Day. Among Angelopoulos' other films are Voyage to Cythera,, Days of 36, The Travelling Players, and the slow-moving but unbelievably beautiful Landscape in the Mist.
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