Costa-Gavras (short for Constantinos Gavras or Κωνσταντίνος Γαβράς; born 12 February 1933), is a Greek-born naturalized French filmmaker, who lives and works in France, best known for films with overt political themes, most famously the fast-paced thriller, Z (1969). He reached lately, on January 12, 2013, the age of 80!
“Z”, not pronounced as the last character from the alphabet, but as “Ζεί” (Zee). The translation is: “He, who is alive”. The film presents a thinly fictionalized account of the events surrounding the assassination of Grigoris Lambrakis in 1963. Grigoris Lambrakis (Greek: Γρηγόρης Λαμπράκης) (April 3, 1912 – May 27, 1963) was a Greek politician, physician, track and field athlete, and member of the faculty of the School of Medicine at the University of Athens. On May 27, 2013 there will be a special memorial day (fifty years after the assessment), I assume, in Athens. Mikis Theodorakis composed the music for this film. And not only for this film.
Big stars have shone on the silver screen in films with Mikis’ music, or became famous because of the exclusive music in them, like: Irene Papas, Melina Mercouri, Katharine Hepburn, Sophia Loren, Anthony Perkins, Al Pacino, Richard Burton, Anthony Quinn and Yves Montand.
Theodorakis’ music in a long list of films, and in a special YouTube channel
This blog had also a special page for “films”, with a long list with film-titles. . ..Several films are also connected with an important other name: Michalis Cacoyannis. Mikis Theodorakis lost a personal friend, when he passed away last year, as you can read on Mikis Theodorakis’ official website. On THE film channel on internet, IMDb, is more interesting information.
“Zorba the Greek” is world famous, but I am sure not so many know that it is Mikis Theodorakis who composed the music for it. Another world famous film is Serpico, with Al Pacino as the main character-performer. The music is, as always, brilliant. Music is a very important part of the success of a film! “Phaedra” is “world” famous in Greece. The music in it goes beyond Greece’s borders however, and that counts for all films with Mikis’ music. Music speaks a universal universal.
“The battle of Sutjeska” / “The fifth offensive” is not so well known (is it?), though actors as Richard Burton and Irene Papas are shining present in it!
The film music album can be listened on Spotify.
YouTube, copyright strikes and ID claims, mostly for full films
Why are not all films with Theodorakis’ music on YouTube? Copyright strikes and ID claims prevent it. Sometimes a film stays, but often new uploads have been removed after a while.
Sources and additional information
- IMDb: Michalis Cacoyannis
- IMDb: more about Mikis Theodorakis
- IMDb: Sutjeska (1973)
- Spotify: Sutjeska Soundtracks
Updated 19 November 2015