La Transversale : Unknown history of cinema on french television

The Owl's Legacy [1, 2 & 3]

Grèce, 13 mots ou l'Héritage de la chouette

1989
France
1h18
Documentary
Col.
VOSTFR

Producer Thierry Garrel's documentary unit S.E.P.T.(also known as La Sept-Arte) and the Onassis Foundation commissioned Chris Marker to create a television series on the ancient Greek roots of western culture. Marker choosed thirteen greek words such as democracy, nostalgia, amnesia or misogyny…

We present the first three episodes, in copies restored by the Cinémathèque française: SYMPOSIUM or Accepted Ideas, OLYMPISM or Imaginary Greece, DEMOCRACY or The City of Dreams. Interviews were filmed in Tbilisi, Athens, Paris, Berkeley, and Tokyo. The cast of characters is equally expansive with composers, filmmakers, philosophers, and friends including Iannis Xenakis, Michel Serres, Cornelius Castoriadis, George Steiner, Oswyn Murray, Michel Jobert, and Elia Kazan.

Cast
Narration : André Dussolier
Screenplay
Jean-Claude Carrière, Chris Marker
Photography
Andreas Sinanos, Jimmy Glasberg
Sound
Harald Maury, Harrick Maury
Music
Eleni Karaindrou, Krystof Pendereck
Editing
Khadicha Bariha, Nedjma Scialom
Production
FIT Production, La Sept (Arte France), Attica Art productions Inc.

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