Mihalis Kakogiannis

Mihalis Kakogiannis

Highest Rated: 82% Zorba the Greek (1964)

Lowest Rated: 54% The Cherry Orchard (1999)

Birthday: Jun 11, 1922

Birthplace: Limassol, Cyprus

Having been most responsible for bringing worldwide attention to Greek cinema in its renaissance after World War II, director-writer-producer Michael Cacoyannis broke out as the auteur behind four rough-hewn, open-air films fairly bursting with a passion not confined to the volatile characters peopling his work. After his training in England, Cacoyannis returned to Greece and helmed the hits "Windfall in Athens" (1954), "Stella" (1955), "A Girl in Black" (1956) and "A Matter of Dignity" (1958), which secured him a place on the international stage as well as a recurring slot in the prestigious festival circuit. Marrying the power of ancient Greek drama with modern production values and evergreen themes, he wowed critics with his literary adaptations, particularly his take on Euripides's trilogy of tragedies, "Electra" (1962), "The Trojan Women" (1971) and "Iphigenia" (1977). But Cacoyannis's global breakthrough and greatest legacy came from the indelible, lusty portrait of "Zorba the Greek" (1964), his most famous and popular film. The director kept a fairly low profile until emerging decades later with an adaptation of Anton Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard" (1999). Despite a drop-off in output over his last years, Cacoyannis helped give Greek cinema an eloquent, modern voice, while his esteemed body of work was beloved around the world.



54% 29% The Cherry Orchard Director,
Film Editor
$131.2K 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Up, Down and Sideways Director,
- 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sweet Country Director - 1987
No Score Yet 84% Iphigenia Director - 1977
No Score Yet 67% Attila 74: The Rape of Cyprus Narrator,
- 1975
No Score Yet 50% The Story of Jacob and Joseph Director - 1974
No Score Yet 54% The Trojan Women Director,
- 1972
No Score Yet 41% The Day the Fish Came Out Director - 1967
82% 86% Zorba the Greek Director,
Film Editor
- 1964
No Score Yet 71% Electra Director,
- 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wastrel Director,
- 1961
No Score Yet 75% A Matter of Dignity Director,
- 1958
No Score Yet 64% Kyriakatiko xypnima, (Windfall in Athens) Director - 1956
No Score Yet 82% A Girl in Black Director,
- 1956
No Score Yet 89% Stella Director,
- 1955