Film Screening: 'Alexander the Great'
Part of a major career retrospective of the films of Theo Angelopoulos
Image: Theo Angelopoulos Film Productions
Friday, November 4, 20227:30 PM (Pacific Time)
O Megalexandros, Greece, 1980
At the time of its release, Theo Angelopoulos insisted that Alexander the Great
was his “most simple film” to date, owing to its linear structure beginning at New Year’s Eve 1900 and proceeding from there. The film’s straightforward chronology belies, however, the complex interplay of history, myth, and politics that Angelopoulos weaves into this newly urgent fable of a would-be liberator who devolves into despotism. A bandit leader, Megalexandros, sparks an international incident when he kidnaps a group of English tourists to force economic reforms, but when he and his men return to their village to hold up, they find the revolution may have already passed them by.
35mm, color, in Greek and English with English subtitles, 199 min. Director: Theo Angelopoulos. Screenwriters: Theo Angelopoulos, Petros Markaris. With: Omero Antonutti, Eva Kotamanidou, Mihalis Giannatos.
Landscapes of Time
This event is a part of Landscapes of Time: The Films of Theo Angelopoulos
, a series of screenings that includes all of Angelopoulos' feature films and a selection of shorts. The program is presented by the UCLA Film & Television Archive
and the UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture
with the collaboration of the UCLA Center for European and Russian Studies,
and under the auspices of the Consulate General of Greece in Los Angeles
. Special thanks to our community partners Los Angeles Greek Film Festival
, and South East European Film Festival Los Angeles
. See the schedule for the series as a whole here
Billy Wilder Theater
at the Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Sponsor(s): Center for European and Russian Studies, Film and Television Archive, UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture, Consulate General of Greece in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Greek Film Festival, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, South East European Film Festival Los Angeles