El Greco (2007 film)

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El Greco
Directed byYannis Smaragdis
Produced byEleni Smaragdi
Raimon Masllorens
Dénes Szekeres
Georgios Fragkos
Written byScreenplay:
Jackie Pavlenko
Yannis Smaragdis
Dimitris Siatopoulos
StarringNick Ashdon
Juan Diego Botto
Laia Marull
Lakis Lazopoulos
Dimitra Matsouka
Sotiris Moustakas
Dina Konsta
Giorgos Christodoulou
Dimitris Kallivokas
Giorgos Charalampidis
Thodoris Zoumboulidis
Lida Protopsalti
Constantinos Isaias
Katerina Helmi
Fermi Reixach
Roger Coma
Music byVangelis
CinematographyAris Stavrou
Edited byGiannis Tsitsopoulos
Distributed byAudiovisual
Release date
  • 18 October 2007 (2007-10-18)
  • 22 May 2009 (2009-05-22) (U.S.)
Running time
119 minutes
LanguagesEnglish, Greek, Spanish
Box office$8,246,050 Greece[1]
$674,095 Spain[2]
$3,493 Bulgaria[3]

El Greco is a Greek biographical film about the life of the Greek painter of the Spanish Renaissance, Domenicos Theotokopoulos, known worldwide as El Greco. Based on the fictionalized biographical novel, El Greco: o Zografos tou Theou (El Greco: the Painter of God), by Dimitris Siatopoulos, it was released in 2007, directed by Yannis Smaragdis and written by Jackie Pavlenko. The main cast features prominent contemporary Greek actors like Lakis Lazopoulos, Dimitra Matsouka and Dina Konsta, and includes popular actors of the Greek cinema of the 1960s such as Sotiris Moustakas and Katerina Helmi, who, along with Juan Diego Botto, Laia Marull and others, surround the leading actor, Nick Ashdon, who portrays El Greco.


The film tells a fictitious story of Domenicos Theotokopoulos, better known as El Greco, a great Greek artist of the 16th century with an uncompromising character, who sets off from his homeland Crete and goes to Venice and finally Toledo, in search of freedom and love. There he is confronted by his greatest adversary, the Spanish Inquisition, but his creative consciousness and power make him stand out and overcome barbarity and ignorance.

Being imprisoned and awaiting execution by the Spanish Inquisition, Domenicos (Nick Ashdon) writes out his story, thus parts of his life play out in extended flashbacks. Born on the island of Crete, which was at the time part of the Republic of Venice, he falls in love with Francesca (Dimitra Matsouka), daughter of the Venetian governor of Crete. But his father is preparing a political rebellion and as a result Domenicos leaves the island and moves to Venice, away from the young woman. There he meets the famous painter Titian (Sotiris Moustakas) and the Spanish priest Fernando Niño de Guevara (Juan Diego Botto). Guevara immediately shows a confused interest in Domenicos, and, when roiled[clarification needed] by the Greek - and fighting personal demons - calls Domenicos before the Inquisition where he must defend himself against charges of heresy. It must be emphasized that the entire story is fictional, El Greco was never prosecuted by the Inquisition, but got well paid assignments from high-rank Inquisition leaders, like Fernando Niño de Guevara, Grand Inquisitor of Spain from 1600 to 1602.



An audio CD with the original soundtrack composed by Vangelis, El Greco Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, was released in Greece on December 20, 2007, by Universal Music Greece, only a few days after the international release of the 25th Anniversary edition of the Blade Runner soundtrack. It consists of 18 tracks, 15 of them composed by Vangelis while the other three involve source material from within the film. This is the third project by Vangelis regarding El Greco, following Foros Timis Ston Greco, an album released in 1995, and an expansion of it with three more tracks in 1998, titled El Greco.





  1. ^ Box Office
  2. ^ Box Office Mojo
  3. ^ Box Office Mojo
  4. ^ "El Greco". IMDb. Retrieved 6 July 2014.
  5. ^ "award 2007". Thessaloniki International Film Festival. Retrieved 6 July 2014.

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