Ilias Petropoulos – Enas kosmos ypogeios

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Ilias Petropoulos – Enas kosmos ypogeios

Elias Petropoulos – An Underground World

Kalliopi Legaki
GR, 2005
61min, OmeU

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Ilias Petropoulos – Enas kosmos ypogeios

Kalliopi Legaki
GR, 2005
, 61min, OmeU

Cast: 
Elias Petropoulos
Screenplay: 
Kalliopi Legaki
Sound: 
Giorgos Vassiliou
Camera: 
Giannis Misouridis
Editor: 
Elias Demetriou

Production: 
Portolanos Films
GFC & ERT
World Sales: 
Portolanos Films
Format: 
DigiBeta
Color

Kalliopi Legaki’s documentary covers the story of the amazing life of Elias Petropoulos, a great chronicler of Greek popular culture and low life. Petropoulos, born in 1928 in Athens, was best known for his work on the rembetika songs of the urban underworld, the so-called Greek blues, which, in 1968, he was the first to anthologize and study in their social context. He wrote 80 books and innumerable articles on such overlooked, despised or repressed subjects as Turkish coffee, street names, hats, the Jews of Salonika, brothels, urban gangs, prison life and cemeteries. Essentially an anarchist, Petropoulos preferred to remain outside the establishment, the better to launch his occasional attacks on politicians, the police, the church, academics and others he deemed hypocritical or malicious. Petropoulos grew up in Salonika during the German occupation – his father, a volunteer, was killed when he was 16 – and the Greek civil war, and studied law at Salonika University. From this background, he emerged with a sharp eye for the shadow side of human nature, an enduring sympathy for the underdog and outsider, a profound streak of melancholy and a mischievous sense of humour. Elias Petropoulos died in Paris in 2003. (Eve Jackson)

Supporting film: KRIFO SCHOLIO (SECRET SCHOOL)