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Theo Angelopoulos

O Melissokomos (The Beekeeper)

Director Theo Angelopoulos Composer Helen Karaindrou Cast Marcello Mastroianni, Nadia Mourouzi, Serge Reggiani
Edition 1991
122' - 1986 - Drama - Dialogue: French, Greek
Marcello Mastroianni is the imposing central figure of this film: a man soured by a secret love for his daughter and now a wanderer, obsessed by his job as a beekeeper. Angelopoulos follows this hollow man as he drives from town to town, picks up a young girl traveller and revisits his old haunts and comrades from the past. The style, though, has changed - there are fewer long takes , the
cutting is quicker and the narrative more eventful, as in the long, intricate nude love scene in a deserted cinema. But the director 's signature is ever present: wonderfully textured images by Arvanitis, a succession of beautifully sustained travelling shots and an emotional intensity which moves to a grave, overwhelming climax. This is the kind of visual filmmaking of which only the greatest artists are capable and, apart from anything else, it is the best road movie since Paris, Texas. (John Gillett)

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Theo Angelopoulos


Helen Karaindrou


Marcello Mastroianni, Nadia Mourouzi, Serge Reggiani


Theo Angelopoulos, Tonino Guerra, Dimitris Nollas

Director of Photography

Giorgos Arvanitis


Takis Giannopoulos


Theo Angelopoulos, Nikos Angelopoulos

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French, Greek

Countries of production

Italy, Greece, France




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)