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Alexander the Great (1980)

O Megalexandros (original title)
The film gives a romanticized biography of Theodoros Kolokotronis, a Greek historical hero serving as a metaphor for Greece itself. Drawing upon a circular view of Greek history, the film ... See full summary »
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Omero Antonutti ... Alexandros
Eva Kotamanidou ... Alexandros' Daughter
Mihalis Giannatos ... Dragoumanos
Grigoris Evangelatos ... Alexandros' Schoolteacher
Miranda Kounelaki ... Mrs. Tzelepis
Laura De Marchi ... Italian Anarchist
Toula Stathopoulou ... Village Woman
Thanos Grammenos ... Village Man
Elpidoforos Gotsis
Haris Pisimisis ... (as Haralabos Pisimisis)
Giorgos Kovaios
Haralabos Timotheou Haralabos Timotheou
Stratos Pahis
Giorgos Bartis
H. Stamatelos H. Stamatelos
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The film gives a romanticized biography of Theodoros Kolokotronis, a Greek historical hero serving as a metaphor for Greece itself. Drawing upon a circular view of Greek history, the film presents conflicting ideologies - primitive communism, anarchism, chiefdom or kingdom, personality cult - and shows the institutions of property and power in a bad light. Written by Artemis-9 and panteliskapogiannis

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Drama | History

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The crowning achievement in Angelopoulos' oeuvre
24 December 2009 | by danny_trihasSee all my reviews

Whilst being both the most visually and audibly haunting Angelopoulos film, I will remember it more so for covering most of the thematic concerns of Angelopoulos in his 40 years of film making:

  • The troubling foreign involvement in Greek political and cultural affairs


  • The failure of the Greek government to respond effectively to the crises presented before it


  • The rise and fall of the communistic ideal and the cult of personality


  • The burdens of the historical past upon individuals in the present


  • The deconstruction of the foreigner as savior (Oedipus, St. George, Kolokotronis, Jesus, Alexander)


  • The personal cost of living amidst contested geographic, political and moral borders


  • Journeying as a metaphor for the search for meaning


  • The nihilism in modernity and the struggle to forge a new way forward


It's not his clearest or most coherent film, and probably shouldn't be watched until one is familiar with 'smaller' Angelopoulos pieces, but it is the film that resonates with me the most after having seen his body of work.


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Country:

Greece | Italy | West Germany

Language:

Greek | Italian | English

Release Date:

3 September 1984 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Alejandro el Grande See more »

Filming Locations:

Athens, Greece See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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