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Lord Elgin and Some Stones of No Value (1986)

By using Lord Elgin's actual letters written when he was Ambassador in Constantinople in 1802 the film analyses how and why he took the majority of the sculptures from the Parthenon Temple in Athens and shipped them back to England.

Director:

Christopher Miles

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Cast

Credited cast:
Nigel Havers ... Lord Elgin / Tim
Clare Byam-Shaw Clare Byam-Shaw ... Lady Elgin / Sally
Julian Fellowes ... Rev. Philip Hunt / Richard
Hugh Grant ... William Hamilton / James
Dimitri Malavetas Dimitri Malavetas ... Narrator / Dimitri
Chris Callow Chris Callow ... Young Lieutenant / Dave
Magda Mavrogianni ... Miss Masterman
Costa Kaxidis Costa Kaxidis ... Giovanni Lusieri
Yannis Nicholareas Yannis Nicholareas ... Spiridon Logothetis
Katerina Nicholareas Katerina Nicholareas ... Kyria Logothetis
George Vrassivanopoulos George Vrassivanopoulos ... Voivode on the Parthenon
Tonis Yiakovakis Tonis Yiakovakis ... Disdar on the Parthenon
Panayotis Exarcheas Panayotis Exarcheas ... Lord Elgin's courrier
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Christos Caraflos Christos Caraflos ... Diver
Vassilis Diktakis Vassilis Diktakis ... diver for Hamilton
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Storyline

Ever since that moment on the Acropolis in 1802 when Lord Elgin, the then British Ambassador in Constantinople, managed to organise the forceful separation of the majority of the sculptures from the Parthenon temple, and shipped them from Athens to England, there has raged a continual controversy over their rightful home. This is the first film on the subject, shot in the real locations, which shows by quoting from their own letters, what were the actual thoughts of Lord and Lady Elgin and their entourage at the time. Also by using the reports and engravings from artists and observers of the period, including Lord Byron's bitter attack on the whole proceedings, the film tries to explain Elgin's real motives, proving he was not saving the sculptures from pollution, nor from the Turks, but for himself.

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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 1986 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

O lordos Elgin kai merikes petres anef axias See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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