AGIOS NIKOLAOS (Town) LASSITHI
, , 1926
Born in Aghios Nikolas (Crete) in 1926. He studied painting and sculpture at the School of Fine Arts in Athens (1948) but turned to the cinema with Magic City in 1954, where neo-realism is combined with an eye for imagery. In 1954 he made TV short films The Tragedy of our Islands and Thessaly and in 1956 The Ogre of Athens, a composite and pioneering work which established Koundouros as a genuine representative of the new age of cinema. His next film; were The Outlaws (1958),The River (1960), Young Aphrodites (1963) which won the Silver Bear for Best Director in Berlin and The Face of Medusa (1966) which was remade as Vortex (1971). In 1974 he made a political documentary about the period of the dictatorship entitled The Songs of Fire. This was followed by 1922 (1978), Bordello (1985) and Byron, Ballad for a Daemon (1992).
Born in Aghios Nikolas (Crete)
in 1926, he studied painting and sculpture at the School
of Fine Arts in Athens (1948).
His career in theatre began on the island
of Macronissos where he did his military service because of anti-government
sentiments. He turned to cinema with MAGIC CITY, a film where neo-realism combined
with an eye for imagery. THE OGRE OF ATHENS, a composite and pioneering work which
he made in 1956, established Koundouros as a genuine representative of the new
age of cinema. In the years of the dictatorship Koundouros lived in Paris, Rome
and London and on his return
to Greece, following the fall
of the military junta, he served as consultant on cinema to the Minister of Culture
and president of the Greek Film Directors Guild. Some of Nikos Koundouros’
films, decidedly avant-garde for their time and for Greece, influenced many directors
of the New Greek Cinema. His films have earned him international recognition and
acclaim and a place as one of the foremost directors in Greek cinema.
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