“More than Reconstruction, Angelopoulos’s direct indictment of the Junta came in 1972 with his film Days of ’36 [Meres tou ’36]. This was a film that chronicled the coming of the dictatorship of General Metaxas in 1936: clearly speaking about one military regime in the context of another was too direct a message to be missed. As for the film’s cryptic mode of expression, the filmmaker himself is quite revealing: ‘The dictatorship is embodied in the formal structure of the film. Imposed silence was one of the conditions under which we worked. The film is made in such a way that the spectator realizes that censorship is involved.’”
- 1Kostis Kornetis, Children of the Dictatorship. Student Resistance, Cultural Politics and the “Long 1960s” in Greece (New York: Berghahn Books, 2016).