Directed by Nico Papatakis
The Shepherds of Calamity
Directed by Nico Papatakis • 1967 • Greece
Starring Olga Karlatos, George Dialegmenos, Lambros Tsagas
Nico Papatakis’s caustic political allegory—made in the wake of the 1967 Greek coup d’état that led to the establishment of a right-wing military junta—takes the form of a deliriously unhinged romantic tragedy. Beginning with the image of an exploding goat and only proceeding to get stranger from there, THE SHEPHERDS OF CALAMITY (also known as THANOS AND DESPINA) centers on the forbidden romance between a poor shepherd (George Dialegmenos) and the daughter (Olga Karlatos) of a well-off family who find their love beset by the machinations of those around them.
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Directed by Nico Papatakis • 1976 • France
Starring Olga Karlatos, Roland Bertin, Philippe Adrien
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Directed by Nico Papatakis • 1986 • France, Greece
Starring Hristos Tsagas, Aris Retsos, Zozo Zarpa
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Walking a Tightrope
Directed by Nico Papatakis • 1991 • France
Starring Michel Piccoli, Lilah Dadi, Polly Walker
Based on an incident in the life of director Nico Papatakis’s former friend and collaborator Jean Genet, WALKING A TIGHTROPE casts Michel Piccoli as Marcel Spadice, a thinly veiled version of the celebra...