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El Greco (2007)

 -  Biography | Drama  -  22 May 2009 (USA)
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The story of the uncompromising artist and fighter for freedom, Domenicos Theotokopoulos, known to the world as "El Greco".

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Niño de Guevara
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Jerónima de las Cuevas
Lakis Lazopoulos ...
Nikolos
Sotiris Moustakas ...
Titian
Dimitra Matsouka ...
Francesca
Dina Konsta ...
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Giorgos Hristodoulou ...
Duke Da Rimi (as Yorgos Christodoulou)
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Chacon
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Father Paravicino
Fermí Reixach ...
Don Miguel de las Cuevas (as Fermi Reixac)
Miquel Gelabert ...
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Manousos (as Theo Zoumpoulidis)
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Titian's Assistant (as Yorgos Karamichos)
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Auctioneer (as Renos Charalampidis)
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The story of the uncompromising artist and fighter for freedom, Domenicos Theotokopoulos, known to the world as "El Greco".

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Can Darkness Win Light?

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El Greco - El último desafío a Dios  »

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Just after the battle, the wound on El Greco father's forehead changes places between shots, from left forehead to just over his eyebrow. See more »

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El Greco: You once reached out for God, and your fingers closed on emptiness ; and you didn't learn. How can God speak to you when instead of loving you burn, ruin and spread hatred all around?
El Greco: Now, of course, my turn has come - but you can't burn me... and I'll tell you why :
El Greco: Because I've been burning all my life, my entire life ; not in the fire, in the light. I threw myself into the blaze of it.
El Greco: You light fires because you're afraid to burn. You are afraid of the light and this is why I pity you, my ...
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A contestant for the "Worst Serious and Expensive Movie Ever"
7 October 2008 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

Well, I guess I never saw such a pathetic movie. The actors are absolutely ridiculous, acting at a tragi-comic level which would be hilarious if it would be volunteer. The directing is absolutely show-off, with a pointless use of multiple huge movements of camera, but without defined subjects, which creates a deep impression of emptiness in any single shot of this movie. To make a Hollywood-like movie doesn't consist only in moving the camera in big panoramic shots showing lots of expensive (though sometimes quite "cheap looking") costumes.

There's no use of the image's depth, no correct framing, it is just a piece of work trying to achieve the aesthetic of the American productions, but without the knowledge of cinema necessary to achieve such a production.

But the worst is still to come: the dialogues, the characters and of course, because they have to act it, the actors.

The guy who plays Titiano is doing quite well... except that he has for the most 3 lines to say. And there's nothing presenting the influence he had on El Greco, whereas he could have lift the movie by his good acting. That's all. All the rest is pathetic.

The dialogues are like coming from a Monthy Python 3rd degree film (where do they find such a tragically bad writer, by the way? Did this guy ever saw "real" movies? Is he watching only Greek serials?), and anyway the actors would certainly not have been able to put good dialogues into live action (at least considering the low performance they achieved all the movie long...).

But the most disappointing part is the characters: the evolution of the relations between the two main characters (El Greco and De Guevara), which could have been interesting, is treated without any nuances (El Greco super white shiny hero and De Guevara super bad black dark guy... the Light on one side and the Shadow on the other... even George Lucas was more subtle in Star Wars when he created the characters of Darth Vador and Luke Skywalker!!! although they were pretty poor characters...;-)

Stays the striking line: "Can light overcome darkness?" Thanksfully, El Greco is dead and will never discover how strong becomes darkness when cinema comes to the hands of such illiterate "artists". Light in this movie? Maybe the light of lovely Crete at the beginning (when it is not cheap computer generated images), and through a window at some point, but that's all. Everything else consists in deep darkness!

I didn't even mention the hilarious (thus tragic, since they are aiming at being serious!) acting of Dimitra Matsouka and Lakis Lazopoulos, who should better stay on TV...as the director, the dialogs writer and the script-writer.

TV is a cheap entertainment, cinema is an art. Some people should understand it before waisting money.

El Greco getting an Oscar? Guys, let's be serious: Nyfes was a real movie and didn't get any. Politikh Kouzina was an interesting period movie, and didn't win anything. How could El Greco be even just nominated. It would be insulting the cinema community! Hollywood might produces awful and stupid movies, but at least most of the time they hire guys who know a bit what is cinema!

If "Plan 9 from outer-space" wasn't so unreachable, El Greco could certainly compete for the worst movie ever (at least for the "Worst Serious Expensive Movie Ever").


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