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Theo Angelopoulos

Reconstruction (Anaparastasi)

Classics 100' - 1970 - Drama - Dialogue: Greek - Format: DCP
Director: Theo Angelopoulos With: Toula Stathopoulou, Thanos Grammenos, Yannis Totsikas
Theo Angelopoulos' feature film debut shows a magistrate who reconstructs a murder.
Wed 20 Oct
16:00
Studio Skoop 2
Subtitles: English
Fri 22 Oct
19:45
Studio Skoop 2
Subtitles: English
“This homage to noir reveals two key obsessions at once: the Greek land and the crimes buried beneath it. Ruminate on the land, the film suggests, and you will discover tragedies below - like the husband’s corpse buried under a garden row of onions.” - Film Comment

The film is based on an actual event, the murder of a Greek worker living in Germany by his barmaid wife Eleni and her lover Christos, who falsify the evidence of the husband's return to Germany but are suspected by a sister-in-law and eventually accuse each other of the crime. A woman murders her husband, upon his return home after a long absence, with the complicity of the lover who has relieved her loneliness. Costas Ghoussis, an emigrant recently returned to his native country, is coming back from the fields, a shovel on his shoulder. He pushes open the garden gate in front of his house and calls his wife: Eleni! She does not answer; the reason: she is hidden behind the door of the kitchen with another man, Christos, a gamekeeper, the lover that she took during her husband's absence. Just as Costas crosses the threshold he is attacked and strangled. Despite their precautions, a relative of the victim suspects them and alerts the police. The criminals confess their crime. The reconstruction is that of the examining magistrate, whose inquiries are interspersed with sequences of the crime - although the actual murder is never shown - and with a social documentary which a TV unit (including the director himself) is making about the crime and the village. From the very first sequence, audience knows who was killed and how and who did it. The film closes as it began, cutting back to the husband's return to indicate an order which has been ruptured. (theoangelopoulos.gr)

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Credits

Director

Theo Angelopoulos

With

Toula Stathopoulou, Thanos Grammenos, Yannis Totsikas

Scenario

Thanassis Valtinos, Stratis Karras, Theo Angelopoulos

Director of Photography

Giorgos Arvanitis

Editor

Takis Davlopoulos

Producer

Giorgis Samiotis

More information

Dialogue

Greek

Subtitles

English

Countries of production

Greece

Year

1970

Filmography

Theo Angelopoulos
Forminx Story (1965), Broadcast (short, 1968), Anaparastasi (1970), Days of '36 (1972), The Travelling Players (1975), The Hunters (1977), Alexander the Great (1980), Athens, Return to the Acropolis (1983), Voyage to Cythera (1984), The Beekeeper (1986), Landscape in the Mist (1988), The Suspended Step of the Stork (1991), Ulysses' Gaze (1995), Eternity and a Day (1998), Trilogy I: The Weeping Meadow (2004), Trilogy II: The Dust of Time (2008), Mundo Invisível (segment, 2012)

Technical Specs

Format
DCP

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