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Theo Angelopoulos

Theodoros Angelopoulos (b. April 27, 1936) is a noted Greek film director.

He studied law in Athens but after military service he went to Paris to attend the Sorbonne. He soon dropped out to study film at the IDHEC before returning to Greece. Back home he worked as a journalist and film critic until the coup.

He made his first short film in 1968 and went on in the 1970s to make long films concerned with modern Greece - Meres Tou 36, O Thiassos and I Kynighoi. He quickly established a characteristic style, marked by slow, episodic and ambiguous structure and long, "sequence shot" takes. He moved into less political works after the end of the dictatorship, gaining Italian funding.

O Megalexandros won the Golden Lion at the 1980 Venice Film Festival, and Topio stin Omichli shared the Silver Lion at Venice in 1988.