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The Travelling Players (1975)
"O thiasos" (original title)

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Greece 1939 - 1952 Fascist, Nazi, Communist conflict as seen through a family of travelling provincial players

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Credited cast:
Eva Kotamanidou ...
Aliki Georgouli ...
Elektra's Mother
Vangelis Kazan ...
Stratos Pahis ...
Elektra's Father
Maria Vassiliou ...
Petros Zarkadis ...
Kiriakos Katrivanos ...
Giannis Fyrios ...
Nina Papazaphiropoulou ...
Old Woman
Alekos Boubis ...
Old Man
Grigoris Evangelatos ...
Giorgos Tzifos
Kosta Stiliaris ...
Militia leader
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Takis Doukatos ...
(as T. Doukakos)
Thanos Grammenos


A group of traveling players peregrinates through Greece attempting to perform the popular erotic drama Golfo The Shepherdess. In a first level the film focuses on the historical events between 1939 and 1952 as they are experienced by the traveling players and as they affect the villages which they visit: The last year of Metaxas' fascist dictatorship, the war against the Italians, the Nazi occupation, the liberation, the civil war between left and right wingers, the British and American interventionism in the Greek politics. In a second level the characters live their own drama of jealousy and betrayal, with its roots in the ancient myth of the House of Atreus. Agamemnon, a Greek refugee from Minor Asia, goes to war against the Italians in 1940, joins the resistance against the Germans, and is executed by them after being betrayed by Clytemnestra and Aegisthos. Aegisthos, Clytemnestra's lover, is an informer and collaborator working with the German occupiers. Orestes, son of ... Written by Alkistis Zografou

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Release Date:

6 September 1976 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

A Viagem dos Artistas  »

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A rare masterpiece
18 December 2009 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

O Thiasos is one of those cerebral and omphaloskeptic movies that just do not happen anymore, shamelessly demanding from the viewer to attune to its eccentric pace. Space and time become pawns in the director's hands, who in effect accomplishes their operatic tranquility in contrast to the static directorial style. In rejecting all conventions of academic narrativity it sustains its formulaic enigma throughout its considerable length, persistently (and obsessively) questioning the freedom of man in a world domineered by irreversible occurrences. Boosted equally by grandeur, mystifying symbolism and pictorial lyricism the film comes to its redeeming conclusion. Enchanting, liberating, revolutionary, focused and precise. Both coldly objective and passionately subjective. A rare masterpiece.

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