The film is a study of the 20th century cult of personality - the myth, the lure and the corruption of the political hero who is a fusion of two characters. Drawing from the so-called Dilessi incident of 1870 (updated in the film to the dawn of the twentieth century), this Megalexandros is a bandit of the sort that typically plagued nineteenth century Greece. Wrapped in the spiritual cloak of yet another Megalexandros - a legendary Greek liberator and King Arthur-like figure whose tale originated in 1453 under Turkish domination and has come down through oral tradition over the centuries - he becomes a leader of mysterious charisma. He kidnaps a group of English aristocrats and takes them to a mountain village where he is attempting to establish an agrarian commune among a company of Italian anarchists. The socialist hero becomes a Stalin-like tyrant whose trademark silence only reinforces his power. The film is a true work of demythification - from the roots of myth to the false promises of the new century.

Original Title O Megalexandros
German Title Alexander der Grosse
French Title Alexandre le Grand
Other Titles Alessandre il grande
Directed by Theo Angelopoulos
Country Greece
Available Formats DVD, Blu-ray
Screenplay Theo Angelopoulos, Petros Markaris
Film Editing Giorgos Triandafyllou
Cinematography Giorgos Arvanitis, Andreas Sinanos
Sound Thanasis Georgiadis
Décors Mikes Karapiperis
Costumes Giorgos Ziakas
Production Nikos Angelopoulos, Phoebe Economopoulos
Runtime 210 Min.
Language Griechisch/d/f
Omero Antonutti Alexanders Mutter - mère dÂlexandre
Eva Kotamanidou
Mihalis Giannatos
Grigoris Evangelatos
Miranda Kounelaki
Laura De Marchi
Toula Stathopoulou
Thanos Grammenos
Elpidoforos Gotsis
Haris Pisimisis

Mostra dell'Arte cinematografica Venezia 1980: Leone d'Oro & FIPRESCI Award & New Cinema Award


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