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Yannis Smaragdis

Kavafis (Cavafy)

Edition 1997
85' - 1996 - Drama, Biography - Dialogue: Arabic, French, English, Greek
Director: Yannis Smaragdis Composer: Vangelis With: Dimitris Katalifos, Vassilis Diamandopoulos, Mayia Lyberopoulou, Lazaros Georgakopoulos
This film tells the story, in flashbacks, of the life of the famous Greek poet Constantine Cavafy (1863-1933), whose homo-erotic visions were to provide inspiration for Lawrence Durrell’s “The Alexandria Quartet” and several of David Hockney’s paintings. The film retraces his emotional development, as he grew to reach the highest levels of poetic expression. His life in Alexandria and his travels to Greece and Constantinople brought him closer to the rich sensuality of ancient cultures, leading him to a life full of erotic longings and passions. Cavafy voiced an unconcealed love for young men. His sexual preference, idealised in pure classical tradition, became the moving spirit of his sublime poetry.

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Credits

Director

Yannis Smaragdis

Composer

Vangelis

With

Dimitris Katalifos, Vassilis Diamandopoulos, Mayia Lyberopoulou, Lazaros Georgakopoulos

Scenario

Dimitris Katalifos, Dimitris Nollas, Stelios Rogakos, Yannis Smaragdis

Director of Photography

Nikos Smaragdis

Editor

Yannis Tsitsopoulos

Producer

Helene Smaragdis

More information

Dialogue

Arabic, French, English, Greek

Countries of production

Greece

Year

1996

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