The Illiac Passion

February 8, 2015 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
CCCB Xcentric
Carrer de Montalegre
5, 08001 Barcelona, Barcelona
€4 / €3 concessions

Film as Film: las películas de Gregory J. Markopoulos
4: The Illiac Passion

Gregory J. Markopoulos, The Illiac Passion, 1694-67, 91 min
Introduced by Revista Lumière

Throughout his life, Markopoulos remained closely connected to his heritage and made many works that connected with ancient Greek culture. The Illiac Passion, one of his most highly acclaimed films, is a visionary interpretation of ‘Prometheus Bound’ starring mythical beings from the 1960s underground. The cast includes Jack Smith, Taylor Mead, Beverly Grant, Gregory Battcock and Gerard Malanga, and Andy Warhol appears as Poseidon riding an exercycle, The extraordinary soundtrack of this re-imagining of the classical realm features a fractured reading of Henry Thoreau’s translation of the Aeschylus text and excerpts from Bartók’s Cantata Profana. Writing about this erotic odyssey, Markopoulos asserted that “the players become but the molecules of the nude protagonist, gyrating and struggling, all in love, bound and unbound, from situation to situation in the vast sea of emotion.”