Michael Cacoyannis R.I.P

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    Michael Cacoyannis, who died on July 25 aged 89, was the first Greek film-maker to achieve international renown, later becoming a respected theatrical and operatic producer in Paris, Frankfurt and New York.

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    Trained as an actor, he was an outstanding director of other players, especially actresses. He gave Melina Mercouri her first screen role, in Stella, as a femme fatale; he put the dark, tragic Elli Lambetti on the international map in A Girl in Black; he made a star of Irene Papas in Electra (1961), and drew impressive ensemble playing from Papas, Katharine Hepburn, Vanessa Redgrave and Geneviève Bujold in his film of Euripides’s The Trojan Women (1971). In Zorba the Greek, he coaxed an excellent performance from Lila Kedrova in a part originally intended for Simone Signoret.

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