Meres tou 36

Theo AngelopoulosGreece – 1973

A trade unionist is assassinated at a workers' rally and a former police informer, Sofianos, is arrested and charged with the murder. The accused, a greatly troubled personage, currently out on probation, an ex drug-trafficker is being used to infiltrate and bring down his old accomplices. He is visited in prison by a Conservative Member of Parliament with whom he has a homosexual relationship. Using a smuggled gun, the prisoner takes the politician hostage creating an embarrassing and increasingly absurd scandal for the authorities. The government find themselves in a delicate predicament. If they do not free the hostage they will lose the support of the Conservatives and if they do the support of the democrats.. Forced to deal with a situation they cannot control and when «reason» and threats fail, they attempt to dispose of Sofianos, at first clumsily (a botched attempt to poison the prisoner), then, finally, with the devastating accuracy of a bullet as they send in a sharpshooter to finish the job. Order is finally restored but in the process two facts have emerged that reflect Angelopoulos' view of Greek history as portrayed in this film. Firstly that the government was so weak and corrupt that the actions of one person almost brought it down and secondly that it was so incompetent that it could solve a problem only through murder. 

Original Title Meres tou 36
German Title Die Tage von 36
French Title Les jours de 36
Other Titles Il giorni del ´36
Directed by Theo Angelopoulos
Country Greece
Available Formats DVD
Screenplay Theo Angelopoulos, Stratis Karras
Film Editing Vasilis Syropoulos
Soundtrack Giorgos Papastefanou .
Cinematography Giorgos Arvanitis
Sound Thanassis Arvanitis
Décors Mikes Karapiperis
Production Giorgos Papalios
Runtime 105 Min.
Language Griechisch/d/f
Vangelis Kazan
Kostas Pavlou Sofianos
Thanos Grammenos Bruder
Giorgos Kyritsis Kontaxis
Petros Zarkadis
Christoforos Nezer Gefängnisdirektor
Toula Stathopoulou
Christos Kalavrouzos
Vasilis Tsaglos
Giannis Kandilas Entführter
Petros Hoedas
Takis Doukatos Polizeichef
Alekos Boubis
Giorgos Tzifos
Kaiti Ibrohori

Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight

Berlin Film Festival 1973: FIPRESCI Award,

Thessaloniki Film Festival 1973: Best Director, Best Cinematography


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