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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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Elektra
Aliki Georgouli ...
Elektra's Mother
Stratos Pahis ...
Elektra's Father
Maria Vassiliou ...
Chrysothemis
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Aegisthus
Petros Zarkadis ...
Orests
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Pylades
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Accordionist
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Old Woman
Alekos Boubis ...
Old Man
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Poet
Kosta Stiliaris ...
Militia Leader
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Takis Doukatos ...
(as T. Doukakos)
Ketty Grigoratou
Danis Katranidis
Panos Kokkinopoulos
Giorgos Koutiris ...
(as G. Koutiris)
Stelios Lionakis
Kostas Mandilas
Giorgos Mazis
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Communist student singing
Iakovos Pairidis
Giorgos Tzifos
Giorgos Verlis
Ioanna Kiourtsoglou ...
Singer (uncredited)

Directed by

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Theodoros Angelopoulos

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Theodoros Angelopoulos ... ()

Produced by

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Lefteris Haronitis ... associate producer
Christos Paliyannopoulos ... associate producer
Giorgos Papalios ... producer
Giorgis Samiotis ... associate producer

Music by

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Loukianos Kilaidonis

Cinematography by

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Giorgos Arvanitis

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Takis Davlopoulos
Giorgos Triandafyllou

Production Design by

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Mikes Karapiperis

Costume Design by

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Giorgos Patsas

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Yiorgos Stavrakakis ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Stefanos Vlachos ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Takis Katselis ... assistant director

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Thanassis Arvanitis ... sound
Ilias Panagiotopoulos ... sound

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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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Trivia The whole film is accomplished in around 80 shots. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in European New Wave (2011). 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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