Theo Angelopoulos dies on the set of latest film

Theo Angelopoulos

The Travelling Players

Theo Angelopoulos (1935-2012). Photo credit: The Playlist

Legendary Greek filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos has died on the set of his latest film, after reportedly being struck by a motorcycle on set, reports The Playlist. He was aged 77.

Angelopoulos was best known for his films, but began his career as a film critic and a journalist. A series of political films resulted in 1975’s The Travelling Players, a highly awarded film which was honoured with the BFI’s film of the year upon release and marked a career of topical cinema.

Known for slow and episodic narrative structures and long takes, including The Travelling Players’ mere 80 shots in almost four hours of film, his films regularly appeared at the Cannes Film Festival. Landscape In The Mist  (1988) won the Silver Lion in Venice in 1988, and he won the Palme d’Or at Cannes a decade later for Eternity and a Day.

At the time of his death, Angelopolous was shooting The Other Sea, starring Toni Servillo, set against the current Greek economic crisis.