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O thiasos ()


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Greece, 1939-1952: Fascist, Nazi, and Communist conflict, as seen through the eyes of a family of travelling provincial players.

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Cast

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Electra
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Aegisthus
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Clytemnestra
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Pylades
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Agamemnon
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Old Woman
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Accordionist
Alekos Boubis ...
Old Man
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Chrysothemis
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Poet
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Orestes
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Chites Leader
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Communist Singing Girl
Yorgos Kafkas
Giannis Kafaloukos
Kostas Mandilas ...
British Officer
Minas Konstadopoulos
Mary Antonopoulou ...
Actress from 1952
R. Dinou
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Actor from 1952
Babis Pisimisis
D. Peletis
Giorgos Koutiris ...
Chrysothemis' Son
T. Loudaros
Takis Doukakos ...
Prison Governor
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Communist Fighter
Roza Neogenni
A. Johnson
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Black Marketeer
Dimitris Mitsopoulos
Alexis Argyriou
Kostas Pavlou
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Falangist
Spyros Stamatellos
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Town Crier
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Singer (uncredited)
Ioanna Kiourtsoglou ...
Singer (uncredited)

Directed by

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Theodoros Angelopoulos

Written by

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Theodoros Angelopoulos ... ()

Produced by

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Giorgos Papalios ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Loukianos Kilaidonis

Cinematography by

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Giorgos Arvanitis

Film Editing by

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Takis Davlopoulos

Editorial Department

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Giorgos Stamou ... color correction
Giannis Stefanou ... assistant editor

Set Decoration by

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Mikes Karapiperis

Costume Design by

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Mikes Karapiperis

Makeup Department

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Yiorgos Stavrakakis ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Lefteris Haronitis ... production manager
Hristos Paligiannopoulos ... production manager
Giorgis Samiotis ... general production manager (as Giorgos Samiotis)
Stefanos Vlachos ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Takis Katselis ... assistant director

Art Department

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Giorgos Koliopanos ... prop master
Nikos Papadakis ... set dresser
Nikos Triandafilopoulos ... set dresser

Sound Department

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Thanassis Arvanitis ... sound mixer / sound recordist
Ilias Panagiotopoulos ... sound mixer / sound recordist
Giorgos Triandafyllou ... sound editor

Special Effects by

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Giannis Samiotis ... special effects

Camera and Electrical Department

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Giorgos Alexopoulos ... electrician
Vasilis Hristomoglou ... assistant camera
Stavros Partheniadis ... electrician
Grigoris Samiotis ... electrician
Aristeidis Valsamidis ... electrician

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Nikos Papadakis ... assistant costume designer
Giorgos Patsas ... Model Maker
Nikos Triandafilopoulos ... assistant costume designer

Music Department

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Andreas Chekouras ... musician: accordion
Dimitris Kaberidis ... singer
Loukianos Kilaidonis ... music supervisor
Ioanna Kiourtsoglou ... singer
Nena Menti ... singer
Costas Messaris ... singer

Script and Continuity Department

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G. Bazinas ... script supervisor
Lambros Papadimitrakis ... script supervisor
Takis Papagiannidis ... script supervisor
Yannis Smaragdis ... script supervisor

Other crew

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Fotos Lambrinos ... associate: song and text collection
Periklis Sotiriou ... titles

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 Agamemnon and Clytemnestra, fights on the side of the leftists, avenges his father's death by killing his mother and Aegisthos. He is arrested in 1949 for his guerrilla activities and is executed in prison in 1951. Electra, his sister, helps the leftists and aids her brother in avenging the treachery of their mother and Aegisthos. After the death of Orestes she continues the work of the troupe and her relationship with Pylades. Chrysotheme, Electra's younger sister, collaborates with the Germans, prostitutes herself during the occupation, sides with the British during liberation, and later marries an American. Pylades, close friend of Orestes, is a Communist who is exiled by the Metaxas regime, joins the guerrillas and is arrested and exiled again. Finally he is forced to sign a written denunciation of the left after torture by the right wing and he is released from prison in 1950. Written by Alkistis Zografou

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Also Known As
  • Ο θίασος (Greece)
  • The Travelling Players (World-wide, English title)
  • Le voyage des comédiens (France)
  • El viaje de los comediantes (Spain)
  • Näyttelijöiden matka (Finland)
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  • 230 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia The whole film is accomplished in around 80 shots. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in European New Wave (2011). See more »
Soundtracks Giati hairetai o kosmos (Ymnos tis 4is Avgoustou) 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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