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Theodoros Angelopoulos – Meres tou ’36 AKA Days of ’36 (1972)

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In 1936, the balance between centrist and right-wing political forces that support the Metaxas regime is undermined by the hostage-taking of lawyer and right-wing MP Kontaxis. In a square, a union member has been murdered. A man named Sofianos, a former police collaborator now fallen from favor, is suspected of being behind the killing. Sofianos tries in vain to prove his innocence and takes Kontaxis hostage. He threatens to kill Kontaxis if they don’t let him go. Sofianos ends up being killed. Read More »

Theodoros Angelopoulos – Oi Kynigoi AKA The Hunters [171 min version] (1977)

Synopsis wrote:
[…]The Hunters (1977), a thematic epilogue to the historical trilogy that centers on a group of middle-aged hunters who discover the perfectly preserved, 30 year-old frozen remains of a partisan (bearing an uncoincidental resemblance to the Byzantine image of Jesus Christ) and, compelled to deliberate on its ‘proper’ disposition, spend a haunted, restless evening confronting their past. Set in post-junta era Greece, the film is a contemporary allegory on the nation’s deliberate suppre
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Theodoros Angelopoulos – Oi Kynigoi AKA The Hunters [143 min version] (1977)

Quote:
[…]The Hunters (1977), a thematic epilogue to the historical trilogy that centers on a group of middle-aged hunters who discover the perfectly preserved, 30 year-old frozen remains of a partisan (bearing an uncoincidental resemblance to the Byzantine image of Jesus Christ) and, compelled to deliberate on its ‘proper’ disposition, spend a haunted, restless evening confronting their past. Set in post-junta era Greece, the film is a contemporary allegory on the nation’s deliberate suppression of painful and unflattering history and collective deflection of personal accountability. Read More »

Tonia Marketaki – Ioannis o viaios (1973)

Plot synopsis
At midnight, on a deserted Athenian street, a beautiful woman named Eleni Chalkia is fatally stabbed by a stranger, who immediately disappears into the shadows. The murderer is Ioannis Zachos (Manos Logiadis), a young man lacking in both mental and sexual stability, who lives out his erotic fantasies through purifying violence. He often fantasizes about killing beautiful women, in this way compensating for his deficient manhood and satisfying his passion for power. When he is arrested, he immediately confesses his crimes, which is a relief to the police, who have been accused of gross ineptitude by the press. During the trial that follows, the relentless question, “who is ultimately guilty? Man or society?” is again raised. Ioannis Zachos is not sentenced to time in prison because of his disturbed personality, but instead must spend the rest of his life in an institution for the criminally insane. Read More »

Nikos Panayotopoulos – Ta hromata tis iridos AKA The Color of Iris AKA The Colors of the Rainbow (1974)

A mysterious disappearance takes place during the shooting of a commercial on the beach in the early morning hours. An unknown man suddenly comes into the shot, then walks into the sea holding an umbrella and seizes to exist, before the bewildered eyes of the whole crew. After the police are notified, a confusing array of red tape manoeuvers begins, revealing the close affiliations of the Authorities with the advertising company manager and the whole mechanism of Mass Media, all of which are trying not to investigate the event but to conceal or even exploit it in their own interest. Only the musician involved in that commercial is trying to figure out what really happened. Read More »