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Theo Angelopoulos

Reconstruction (Anaparastasi)

Director Theo Angelopoulos Cast Toula Stathopoulou, Yannis Totsikas, Thanos Grammenos
Edition 2021
100' - 1970 - Drama - Dialogue: Greek
Theo Angelopoulos' feature film debut shows a magistrate who reconstructs a murder.
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)
“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

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Theo Angelopoulos


Toula Stathopoulou, Yannis Totsikas, Thanos Grammenos


Theo Angelopoulos, Stratis Karras, Thanassis Valtinos

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Giorgos Arvanitis


Takis Davlopoulos


Giorgis Samiotis

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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)