Film classics at the Trianon

A multitude of new films may be released at cinemas around Athens every week, but there are still chances to watch old classics. Once more, the Greek Film Center presents the «Appointment with the Classics» series at the Trianon Filmcenter, a program which began last November and will run to April 23. Screenings take place every Saturday at 4.30 p.m. and the program for the coming weeks is as follows: this Saturday, February 12, features Polish filmmaker Jerzy Kawalerowicz’s 1961 film «Matka Joanna od aniolow» (Joan of the Angels), set in the 17th century, in which a Catholic official is summoned to exorcize a nun in a convent in a small town. The film stars Lucyna Winnicka and Mieczyslaw Voit. Five shorts by Alain Resnais will be screened on February 19, including «Nuit et brouillard» (Night and Fog), a 1955 short which proves that cinema is not just about viewing but also about memory. A love story that unravels the legends and the pace of life in an Armenian village is next on the agenda, in Sergei Parajanov’s 1964 film «Tini zabutykh predkiv» (The Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors), starring Ivan Mikolajchuk and Tatyana Bestayeva, which will be shown on February 26, while Krzysztof Zanussi’s «Bilans Kwartanly» (A Woman’s Decision) of 1975, a film where the director seeks the truth in the face of a woman who tries to halt the ravages of time, will be screened on March 5. Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1972 documentary «Chung Kuo-Cina» (China) will give the audience a taste of China on March 19, to be followed by Dziga Vertov’s «Chelovek s kinoapparatom» (The Man with a Camera) of 1929 on March 26, considered one of cinema’s most modern films, in which a man goes around the city with a camera on his shoulder and documents urban life. Saturday, April 2’s screening will feature Grigori Kozintsev and Iosif Shapiro’s take on «Hamlet,» in their 1964 «Gamlet,» starring Innokenti Smoktunovsky in the lead role; Alain Resnais’s 1959 drama about love and memory, «Hiroshima Mon Amour» (Hiroshima My Love), starring Emmanuelle Riva and Eiji Okada, a film that was also shown in open-air cinemas last summer, will be screened on April 9. The series will end with Leo McCarey’s classic 1933 comedy «Duck Soup,» featuring the Marx Brothers, on April 16, and Pier Paolo Pasolini’s «Mamma Roma» of 1962 on April 23, the story of a middle-aged prostitute in Rome who decides to quit and stars the striking Anna Magnani. The Trianon Filmcenter is situated at 21 Kodringtonos, tel 210.822.2702.

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