This in-depth portrait of Mikis Theodorakis explores the roots of the life and work of Greece's legendary composer whose music became identified with the struggles of a nation torn by war and strife in the 20th Century.
The Greek composer takes the viewers on a journey through 70 years of his prolific musical career. He talks, analyzes and unfolds the inspirations of his works using a plethora of archive films which illustrate his explanations. In slightly under an hour, the chronologically structured documentary gives a concentrated overview of Theodorakis' seven-odd decades of artistic creation - from the first songs and the Kassiani liturgy of a young Theodorakis, over the chamber music pieces and Sinfonietta of the 'forties and the Suite Nr. 1 for Piano and Orchestra, among other works from his Paris years, to the wide-ranging song writing of the 'sixties, the Canto General Oratorio, the Symphony No 4, the rhapsodies for guitar and cello and the operas. The film approaches the phenomenon that is Theodorakis by letting the composer expound, and the music and images speak for themselves. From the heights of his 84 years, the dramatic Greek composer takes the viewers on a journey through 70 years of...Written by