Magazine article Journal of Film Preservation

Aglaya Mitropoulos

Magazine article Journal of Film Preservation

Aglaya Mitropoulos

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Aglaya Mitropoulos was born in Athens and studied literature at the Athens University and in France. In her twenties, she started her career as a drama critic in the well known literary review "Elliniki Demiourghia".

She was sensitive to new trends in drama and literature and from the pages of that Review as well as others, she introduced the Greek public to the works of: Franz Kafka, Bertold Brecht, Ionesco, Adamov, Gertrude Stein, Katherine Mansfield, Dorothy Parker, etc. She also translated for the first time in the Greek language "The Castle" of Kafka and "Moby Dick" by Herman Melville.

In the early fifties she turned her activity to film critic. In 1950, together with some young intellectuals such as Marios Ploritis, Helen Vlachos, Rozita Sokou, Emilios Hourmuzios, her sister Mona Mitropoulos, etc., she founded the first Ciné-club in Greece, the "Athens Cine Club".

To quote Henri Langlois: "Aglaé Mitropoulos avec ses cheveux roux et ses breloques a depuis des années fait du Ciné-club d'Athènes le foyer où Coundouros, Kanellopoulos, Grigoriou, venaient respirer le cinéma.

Il en est sorti la Cinémathèque de Grèce, le passé du cinéma grec est sorti du néant des frontières. Ce ne fut pas sans mal. Il y fallait des griffes, une volonté de fer. En cherchant les oeuvres, on remonte aux sources: les journaux, la critique, les corporatifs. Aglaé Mitropoulos, critique elle-même, n'y a pas manqué."

She wrote the first and most authoritative history of the Greek Cinema, "Découverte du Cinéma Grec", which was published in 1968 in Paris, by Seghers Editions.

She also published in Greek, an updated and more systematic sequel of her first book, the "Greek Cinema " in 1980. For this book, which has become the standard reference for all students and practitioners of the Greek Film Art, she was awarded the Athens Academy prize in 1981.

Her pioneering work in the founding of Ciné-club all over Greece, has since 1963 culminated hi the foundation of the Greek Film Archive (Tainiothiki tis Ellados). …

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