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O thiasos (1975)

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

Credited cast:
Eva Kotamanidou ... Elektra
Aliki Georgouli Aliki Georgouli ... Elektra's Mother
Stratos Pahis Stratos Pahis ... Elektra's Father
Maria Vassiliou Maria Vassiliou ... Chrysothemis
Vangelis Kazan ... Aegisthus
Petros Zarkadis Petros Zarkadis ... Orests
Kiriakos Katrivanos ... Pylades
Giannis Fyrios ... Accordionist
Nina Papazaphiropoulou ... Old Woman
Alekos Boubis Alekos Boubis ... Old Man
Grigoris Evangelatos ... Poet
Kosta Stiliaris Kosta Stiliaris ... Militia Leader
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Takis Doukatos Takis Doukatos ... (as T. Doukakos)
Thanos Grammenos
Ketty Grigoratou Ketty Grigoratou
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Storyline

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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Drama | History | Music | War

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Country:

Greece

Language:

Greek

Release Date:

6 September 1976 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

El viaje de los comediantes See more »

Filming Locations:

Ioannina, Greece

Company Credits

Production Co:

Papalios Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Quotes

Elektra's Father: [before he is executed by the Germans] I came cross the sea, from Ionia. Where did you come from?
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Great film
4 March 2017 | by deickosSee all my reviews

This is the only film of Angelopoulos I really like, all those after it are just too much (or too little). It seems it is common practice for the best Greek films to be made under the harshest conditions - literary under fire! Thiasos is not an exception: it was made in about 2 years during the worst part of the military junta. Angelopoulos and his associates were planning to leave Greece on completion; during filming he would tell the police it was an action movie, a Greek western! Besides all that the core story derives from ancient Greek tragedy (Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides) and that is somewhat stunning.


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