Greek film director Theodoros Angelopoulos has died at the age of 76, after being struck by a police bike while crossing a busy road in Athens. Angelopoulos was knocked down on Tuesday evening while working with his film crew. He was rushed to hospital but died a few hours later.
Angelopoulos began making films in the late 60s, shortly after the 1967 coup that resulted in Greece’s military dictatorship. His most famous film was probably 1975’s The Travelling Players (O Thiassos), which was an international hit and earned Angelopoulos significant exposure at various European film festivals. In 2000, Derek Malcolm included the film on a list of his hundred favourite movies.
Angelopoulos remained busy and released a new film every few years. His most recent film was in 2007, and he was expected to complete his latest project later this year. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest film-makers ever to emerge from Greece.