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Vangelis (1943-2022) - Remembered

This Festival, we pay tribute to some of the film legends that we have lost over the last year. We include the Indigenous Australian artist and actor David Gulpilil; American director, actor and cinephile Peter Bogdanovich; Italian screen icon Monica Vitti; French New Wave star Jean Paul Belmondo; and two legendary music composers, Italy’s Ennio Morricone and Greece’s Vangelis. We hope our small tribute to each brings their important work to light for the uninitiated and reignites the flame of those who are already acquainted with them.

Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou, known professionally as Vangelis, was a Greek musician, composer, songwriter and producer of electronic, progressive, ambient, and classical orchestral music.

Mostly self-taught in music, he grew up in Athens and formed his first band in 1963, playing the pop music of the time: up-tempo rock’n’roll, sweeping ballads and Beatles cover versions, with Vangelis supplying organ lines. Here, we present the extremely rare Tony Palmer documentary ‘Vangelis and the Journey to Ithaka.’