Τheodoros Angelopoulos,the well known Greek Filmmaker died late on Tuesday, 24 January 2012, several hours after being involved in an accident while shooting his latest film in Athens. The respected filmmaker had been with his crew in the area of Drapetsona, near Piraeus when he was hit by a motorcycle on Tuesday evening. The accident occurred when Angelopoulos, 76, attempted to cross a busy road. Initial reports suggested that a policeman was riding the motorbike but this has not been confirmed.

He was taken to the hospital, where he was treated in an intensive care unit but succumbed to his serious injuries several hours later.


Angelopoulos studied law at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, but after his military service went to Paris to attend the Sorbonne. He soon dropped out to study film at the IDHEC(Institute of Advanced Cinematographic Studies) before returning to Greece. There, he worked as a journalist and film critic. In 1978, he was a member of the jury at the 28th Berlin International Film Festival.

Angelopoulos began making films after the 1967 coup that began the Greek military dictatorship known as the Regime of the Colonels. He made his first short film in 1968 and in the 1970s he began making a series of political feature films about modern Greece: Days of '36 (Meres Tou 36, 1972), The Travelling Player (O Thiassos, 1975) and The Hunters (I Kynighoi, 1977). He quickly established a characteristic style, marked by slow, episodic and ambiguous narrative structures as well as long takes (The Travelling Players, for example, consists of only 80 shots in about four hours of film). These takes often include meticulously choreographed and complicated scenes involving many actors. His regular collaborators include the cinematographer Giorgos Arvanitis , the screenwriter Tonino Guerra and the composer Eleni Karaindrou . Angelopoulos considered by British film critics Derek Malcolm and David Thomson as one of the world's greatest directors.

Theodoros Angelopoulos was awarded an honorary doctorate by Essex University, UK in July 2001

Well known films of his are:Eternity and a Day,Voyage to Cythera,The Weeping Meadow,Ulusse's Gaze and many more


Ας είναι ελαφρύ το χώμα που σε σκεπάζει αγαπητέ Θεόδωρε...!!!

Let it be light the soil that covers you dear Teo...!!!