Gregory J. Markopoulos, Bliss, 1967, 6 min
Gregory J. Markopoulos, The Illiac Passion, 1964-67, 92 min
Introduced by Mark Webber and Robert Beavers
A visionary interpretation of the myth of Prometheus, The Illiac Passion is also one of the most acclaimed movies of the author. In this ode to creation, Markopoulos gave Jack Smith the role of Orpheus, casts Andy Warhol as Poseidon and Gregory Battcock as Phaeton. Bartók’s musical passages and text excerpts from Aeschylus, translated by Thoreau and read by Markopoulos, compose the soundtrack. Preceded by a lyrical description of a Byzantine church on the Greek island of Hydra.