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Theo Angelopoulos:”Greece’s Dying Agony Lasts Too Long And Makes Lots of Noise” (Film, 1995)

Greece famous filmmaker, screenwriter and film producer Theodoros Angelopoulos was a sensitive prophet. In his film “Ulysses’ Gaze” (1995) there is a scene between a Greek taxi driver (Thanasis Vegggos) and a Greek film maker (Harvey Keitel) who has return home. In this particular scene, the two men are stuck in the snow. And here comes Veggos in a heartbreaking confession about Greece and the Greeks.

“Greece is dying, the Greeks are dying.. among broken stones.. But if Greece is to die, it’d better make it quickly. Because the agony lasts too long and makes lots of noise”.

Video: Film Excerpt/ English subtitles

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Theodoros Angelopoulos (25 April 1935- 24 January 2012) found a tragic death on Tuesday night in Drapetsona suburb of Piraeus. A motorcycle hit him when he was trying to cross a quick traffic road. He died several hours later in the hospital due to heavy brain injuries.

Angelopoulos and his crew were working in Drapetsona on his latest film “The Other Sea” about Greece in economic crisis.

His tragic death emotionally moved people worldwide.

Sixteen years after Ulysses’ Gaze Greece is still laying on the death bed and the noise, it’s Oh, so incredible…

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  1. RIP THEO (1935-2012) … YOU ARE NOT ALONE … HAVE A BISCUIT!