Greek Film, Theater and Film Directors, Greek Actors

Michael Lahanas

Ελληνικός Κινηματογράφος και Θέατρο

Griechischer Film, Theater, Schauspieler, Regisseure

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Film / Theater Directors / Producer

Theater Actors: Dionysios Tavoularis as Hamlet, Evangelos Pantopoulos, Dimitrios Kotopoulis, Athanasios Sisyfos,

Konstantinos Kyriakos Aristias, Actor, teacher

1836 and 1840 the first two Theater open in Athens

Dimitrios Vernardakis

Pantelis Soutsas , Theater , Maria Doxapatri, Meropi , Kyra Frosyni (Dimitrios Vernardakis)

O Agapitikos tis Voskopoulas, I Tyhi tis Maroulas (Dimitris Koromilas)

Vassilikon Theater (Royal Theater) director Thomas Oikonomou (1864 - 1927)

Nea Skini Theater , director Konstantinos Christomanos (1867-1911), works of Grigoris Xenopoulos (1867-1911)

Pantelis Horn

1903 Orestie of Aeschylus in Dimotiki language, one person killed as result of the protest of the opponents of Dimotiki

Fotos Politis (1890 - 1934)

Dimitris Rontiris

Karolos Koun, "The Teacher " (daskalos) , Theatro Technis (Art Theater) 1942

Spyros Evangelatos, Amphi-Theater

Most popular is the Epitheorisi (Comedy, Musical Revue)

Alexander Pantages (Pericles Pantages) (1867 Andros, 1936) owner of theaters in Canada and western USA, "Pantages Circuit"

The Skouras brothers

The Manakia brothers, Miltos (Miltiadis) Manakias (1882 Avdela - 1964 Bitola) and Yannakis (John) Manakias (1878 Avdela - 1954 Thessaloniki) two Aromanian brothers from Epirus "the pioneers of cinema in the Balkans", 1898-1904 photography shop in Ioannina, Spinning women 1907, The Manakia Movie Theater in Bitola 1921.

Spiros Dimitrakopoulos and Erich Bubach, 1911

In 1928 there were 71 movie theaters in Greece, from these 13 in Athens, 7 in Thessaloniki, 6 in Piraeus, 5 in Kavala, 4 in Volos, 3 in Chania, 2 in Herakleion, Korinth, Kalamata, Lamia, Mytilene, Xanthi and Patra, 1 in Agrinio, Amaliada, Argos , Aigio, Alexandroupolis, Gargalianoi, Drama, Edessa, Ioannina, Samos, Trikala, Tyrnavos and Chios

Elias Kazan (Ηλίας Καζάν) (7.9.1909 Constantinople/Instabul – 28.9.2003 New York) a very influential director but also with some dark sides Oscar 1948 for directing Gentleman's Agreement and 1999 for his Lifework Viva Zapata (with Marlon Brando) East of Eden, America, America, The Arrangement , A Streetcar Named Desire , Gentleman's Agreement

Costas Bahatoris (Κώστας Μπαχατώρης) Golfo (Γκόλφω) with Olympia Damaskou (Ολυμπία Δαμάσκου)

Gavrilis Longos

Georgios Prokopiou

Gregg Tallas (Grigoris Thalassinos) (25.1.1915 Athens) The Barefoot Battalion (to xipolito tagma), Prehistoric Woman, Sound of Horror(Screenplay Info) , Siren of Atlantis (with Alexis Minotis !!! Info) Watch the film Prehistoric Woman

Achilleas Madras (Αχιλλέας Μαδράς )(1871-1966) Maria Pentagiotissa (Info in Greek) “Foustanella Films” , The magician of Athens (Ο Μάγος της Aθήvας) (Info in Greek)

Dimos Vratsanos first film company "Asty Film" in Greece 1916 I proika tis Annoulas (Η προίκα της Αννούλας), Tis moiras t' apopaidi

Kostas and Dimitris Gasiadis, DAG Film, Eros ke kymata

Antigone

Jorgos Tsavellas (Γιώργος Τζαβέλλας) Kalpiki Lira (Κάλπικη Λίρα) , Antigone (with Irene Papas), O Methystakas (Ο Μεθύστακας), Soferaki (Σωφεράκ)

Nikos Grammatikos (Nίκος Γραμματικός) Βασιλιάς (The King) , U-Turn mms://www.gfc.gr/178.wmv

Penny Panayotopoulou Dyskoli Apohairetismoi

Zorba the Greek

Michael Cacoyannis (11.6.1922 Limassol/Cyprus ) Stella, Zorba the Greek (Anthony Quinn) dancing Sirtaki from the 1964 movie (Oscar for Cinematography(Walter Lassaly), Best Supporting Actress (Lila Kedrova), Best Art/Direction/Set Decoration (Vassilis Fotopoulos), Oscar Nominations for Best Picture, Best Direction, Best Screenplay based on Material from Another Medium, Best Actor) Sweet Country mms://www.gfc.gr/257.wmv Trojan Women (with Katherine Hepburn and Genevieve Bujold) Cacoyannis Films from Amazon

Alexis Damianos (Αλέξης Δαμιανός )(1921 Athens - 4.5. 2006) Eniochos – The Charioteer , Evdokia , Mehri to Ploio

Orestis Laskos (Ορέστης Λάσκος ) Daphnis and Chloe (Δάφνις &kappaαι Χλόη)

Yiannis Dalianidis (Γιάννης Δαλιανίδης) ( 31.12.1923 Thessaloniki) popular films (comedies, musicals) Nomos 4000 (Νόμος 4000)

N. Koundouros from STIGMES, the magazine of Crete http://stigmes.gr/ (Interview in Greek)

Nikos Koundouros (Νίκος Κούνδουρος) (1926 Agios Nikolaos/Crete), Dracos (Δράκος), Young Aphrodites (Μικρές Αφροδίτες) (Mikres Afrodites), a film based on the fable of Daphnis and Chloe with many actors actually being sheepherders. 1922 , Byron (Λόρδος Βύρων), Ballad for a Daemon (Info) Bordello (Μπορντέλο) (Info)

Gregory Markopoulos (Γκρέγκορι Mαρκόπουλος ) (12.3.1928-12.11.1992) "the American avant-garde cinema's supreme erotic poet" who disappeared (The Markopoulos Temenos) O μύθος ενός πρωτοπόρου σκηνοθέτη

Constantin Gavras, (Κώστας Γαβράς )(12.2.1933 Loutra Iraias, Arcadia), (Political Thriller) around 20 awards from various organizations, Z , Missing, Amen , Music Box

Roviros Manthoulis (Info) Face to Face, Lili's Story

Theo Angelopoulos (Θόδωρος Αγγελόπουλος ) ( 27 .4.1936 Athens) , Voyage to Kythera, (Info) Eternity and a Day, Landscape in the Mist (Info) one of the 100 greatest foreign films of all time (Movieline Magazine ), The Bee Keeper , Ulysses' Gaze (Synopsis, Images, etc, more Info) Video Clip (19 MB) ,The Suspended Step if the Storck (Info) Golden Palm at the 51st Cannes Film Festival Another Info , More Links .

Kostas Ferris (Κώστας &Phiέρρης)(18.4.1935 Cairo/Egypt ), Rebetiko Info

Pantelis Voulgaris (2.10.1940 Athens) To Proxenio tis Annas (The engagement of Anna, "one of the ten best Greek films of the last 30 years" according to the International Film Guide), Petrina Hronia (The Stone Years Info1 , Info2) , Acropole , Happy Day Best Picture, Best Director and the Critics' Grand Prix at the Thessaloniki Film Festival See also http://www.culture.gr/2/22/222/22200/directors/e222d56.html

George P. Cosmatos, (4.1.1941 Tuscany/Italy - 19.4.2005 Lung Cancer ) Rambo II, Tombstone , Info

Nikos (Nico) Mastorakis (28..4.1941 Athens) (Info) Sex and violence

Nikos Panayotopoulos I'm tired of killing your lovers,

Andreas Thomopoulos (Aνδρέας &Thetaωμόπουλος)(1945 Athens) (Info) South Wind - The End of the Game

Penelope Spheeris (2.12.1945) first cousin of Costa Gavras

Angeliki Antoniou (Aγγελική Aντωνίου)(1956) (Info) "η Γερμανίδα" Allein unter Männern, Messerscharf

Lakis Papastathis Theofilos (Info)

Iannis Smaragdis (25.4.1946 Crete) Cavafy (Info, Info2)

Alexander Payne (Alexander Papadopoulos) (10.2.1961 Omaha/Nebraska) (Info ) (more Info) 2005 Oscar adapted screenplay award “Sideways” , other Golden Globen nominations and awards, co-author of Jurassic Park III.

Christos Georgiou (1966) Cyprus Under the Stars Montreal World Film Festival award

Sotiris Goritsas Ap to hioni Winner of the Best Film, Screenplay, Cinematography and International Critics' prizes at the Thessaloniki Film Festival

Vassilis Georgiadis To choma vaftike kokkino Oscar Nomination 1965 for best foreign film

Tassos Boulmetis Politiki Kouzina (Info)

Dimos Avdeliodis To dendro pou pligoname , Fotografia

Antonis Kokkinos (Αντώνης Κόκκινος) Telos Epohis (Τέλος &Epsilonποχής) (End of an era) (Info1 , Info2)

Tonia Marketaki Kristallines Nihtes "one of the most interesting women working in cinema today." (Variety ) The Price of love

Olga Malea (Ολγα Mαλέα)(1960 Athens) According to Variety among the “top ten European directors to watch.” The Cow's Orgasm (Οργασμός της Aγελάδας) (Info) , Risotto (Ριζότο) The mating game

Renos Haralambidis (1970 Athens) Cheap Smokes (Info)

Yiannis Economidis Matchbox

Dinos Demopoulos (Ντίνος &Deltaημόπουλος) The little Dolphins


Maria Iliou Alexandria (Info)

John Tatoulis (Τζων Τατούλης) Beware of Greeks Bearing Guns

Ana Kokkinos Head On

Nikos Nikolaidis (1940 Athens) (Info)

Milton Katselas director, acting teacher, taught stars such as Alec Baldwin, George Clooney, Tom Selleck, Michelle Pfeiffer...

George Katakouzinos Absences (Apousies) (Info1, Info2)

Petros Sevastikoglou Wind over the city (Info)

George Miller (3.3.1945), Australian of Greek origin. Mad Max Films with Mel Gibson (Mad Max, The Road Warrior, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome) , The Witches of Eastwick , Happy Feet. His grandfather was a Greek from Smyrna who went to USA where he changed his name from Miliotis to Miller, his father went from Kythera to Australia.

Alexis Vellis

Alex Proyas (23.9.1963 Egypt) The Crow , Dark City, Garage Days, I Robot

Dimitris Indares (Δημήτρης Ινδαρές) (1964 Patras) ΓΑΜΗΛΙΑ &NuΑΡΚΗ (Totally Married)

Maria Klonaris & Katerina Thomadaki Info

Dean Tavoularis (Ντήν Ταβουλάρης) ((production designer of The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, Rising Sun ),

Constantine Giannaris Three Steps to Heaven Info

Michael Karris (Michael Karaoglanidis) (8.11.1955 Greece) A Face of Greekness Info

Nadia Tass “one of Australia's most respected and unique filmmakers. Tass came to Australia in the 1960s from Macedonia, northern GreeceInfo

Agnes Varda (30.5.1928 Brussels ) French-Greek director, French father, Greek mother "Grandmother of the New Wave" (Info) Varda has written dialogues for the works of others, most notably for Bernardo Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaWNV-JiOMk

A List of Greek Directors from GFC (Greek Film Centre)

Bill Mousoulis , Is Your Film Language Greek? Some thoughts on Greek-Australian film-makers , A Guide to Greek-Australian filmmakers" , Are Their Eyes Greek?

Laura Neri (Λάουρα Νέρι) Greek mother ,Italian father, A Kiss on the Nose

Special Effects

Patrick Tatopoulos , Greek-French, Tatopoulos Studios, design of Godzilla (Godzilla Film, Roland Emmerich), design of Alien Creature in Independence Day ( Roland Emmerich), I Robot, Alien vs. Predator, Van Helsing, etc.

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