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Director, producers Gaziadis Brothers (1930)
With the GNO Orchestra
Performers: Vera Despina Skarlatou, Titika Miranda Makrynioti, Prince Konstantinos Klironomos
Starts at: 20.30 |
Restored in 2019 by the Greek Film Archive thanks to a donation from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, at the L’ lmagineRitrovataLaboratory, from a cellulose nitrate based film, with French intertitles.
Dimitris Gaziadis’ The apaches of Athens, with music by Nikos Hadjiapostolou, is the first Greek sound filmincluding singing (1930), which had been deemed lost for many decades. A copy of the film was found four years ago in the CinémathèqueFrançaise archive. It was a very important discovery, as it is the first Greek filmwith synchronized music and singing. The film was restored, for the Greek Film Archive, in collaboration with Céline Ruivofrom the CinémathèqueFrançaise, at the L’ImmagineRitrovata Laboratory, from this only cellulose nitrate based film copy, with French intertitles.
This historic movie, a valuable document of Athens in the 30s “is brought to life” once again under the auspices of Costas Gavras, as a result of the collaboration between the Greek Film Archive, the CinémathèqueFrançaise and the Greek National Opera. The film, starring some legendary figures of the Greek music scene, such as Petros Kyriakos, Mary Sayanou, Petros Epitropakis, Giannis Prineas, etc., has been an important and lost -until today- link in the history of early Greek cinema.
After the huge success of the first screening of the film’s restored copy in the packed Stavros NiarchosHall at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center last February, The Apaches of Athens returns for the first time to two open-air emblematic venues. The screenings will take place at one of the film’s shooting locations, the former royal estate of Tatoi,and at the yard of the Archaeological Museum, with the accompaniment of the GNO orchestra. Anastasios Simeonidis conducts.
The restoration of the film’s soundtrack was made bythe Hellenic Music Centre.
Soundtrack adaptation:Giannis Tselikas. Musicological research: Giannis Sambrovalakis
The restoration was conducted thanks to a donation from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).
All of Greece, One culture
Greek National Opera presents a series of events at archaeological sites all over Greece
This summer the Greek National Opera presents a series of events at archaeological sites all over Greece. In response to the initiative of the Ministry of Culture and Sports to make use of the archaeological sites across the country during this difficult summer, the Greek National Opera participates in the new institution All of Greece, One culture with a series of events highlighting its multifaceted artistic mark, curated by Artistic Director Giorgos Koumendakis.
From 18 July to 15 September, 20 different music, opera, operetta and dance programmes and tributes will visit 70 archaeological sites, in a total of 111 performances. Under the unprecedented conditions we are all facing, the events will mark the return to the relationship between the artists and the audience, and will be held in compliance with the instructions and guidelines of the competent authorities.
In these 20 programmes proposed by the GNO and organized in 6 cycles, emphasis is given on the Greek music creation, from traditional songs to sophisticated music, including selections from opera and classical music that remain staples in the GNO repertory, while dance is also present through the participation of members of the GNO Ballet.