Courtesy of Katerina Angelopoulou

Alexander the Great (O Megalexandros)

Dir. Theo Angelopoulos. 1980, 199 min. 35mm. With Omero Antonutti, Eva Kotamanidou, Grigoris Evangelatos. In Alexander the Great, Angelopoulos turns an incident from nineteenth-century Greek history into a fable of absolute power corrupting a village. Alexander is a tribal warlord and former political prisoner who kidnaps British tourists, holding them for ransom until Britain and the Greek puppet government in Athens meet his demand for amnesty for his band of freedom fighters. Angelopoulos asks viewers to see the ruins of Greece not so much as the remnants of a noble past but as the evidence of ongoing pillage, making this the most boldly leftist of his history films.

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