August 10, 2009

Film depiction of iconoclasm on the Athenian Acropolis will not be censored

Posted at 12:46 pm in Elgin Marbles, Greece Archaeology, New Acropolis Museum

Following coverage of the decision to censor parts of a film on show in the New Acropolis Museum, it now appears that the decision has been reached that for the time being, the film can continue to be shown in its original un-edited version.

Deutsche Presse Agentur

Acropolis Museum decides to leave film of priests hacking Acropolis
Europe News
Aug 5, 2009, 10:52 GMT

Athens – The new Acropolis Museum decided to leave a short film, depicting long-robed Christians hacking away at the Acropolis, uncut despite angry protests by the powerful Greek Orthodox Church, reports said Wednesday.

Just weeks after its opening, the new museum released an informative short film to visitors about the history of the 5th century BC Parthenon temple which shows figures in long robes hacking away at the monument.

The short, 1 minute and 40 second film by prominent Greek-French director Costas-Gavras sparked outrage in the powerful church, despite the fact that early Christians tore down statues and temples in an effort to eradicate paganism.

‘Mr. Gavras clarified that in these scenes he did not show or mean to say that the destruction was done by priests but by people of that time,’ the museum’s director, Dimitris Pandermanlis was quoted by the Greek daily newspaper Kathimerini as saying.

‘The informative film will continue to be shown.’

Gavras had strongly protested calls by the church to have the film censored, saying he wanted his name removed if the original version was altered.

The museum’s decision to leave the film uncut came after the Greek Helsinki Monitor, a nongovernmental organisation, filed an injunction against the museum, demanding that visitors to the museum had the right to the director’s uncensored version.


Kathimerini (English Edition)

Wednesday August 5, 2009
Museum film stays ‘uncut’

The new Acropolis Museum yesterday reversed a controversial decision to cut a short film by prominent Greek-French director Costa-Gavras that allegedly provoked anger among the ranks of the Orthodox Church.

The video, which informs visitors about the history of the Parthenon and shows early Christians hacking away at the monument, is to be restored after the filmmaker offered a “self-explanatory clarification,” the museum’s director, Dimitris Pandermalis, said. “Mr Gavras explains that in these scenes that he did not show or mean to say that the destruction was done by priests but by the people of that time,” Pandermalis said.

The decision by Pandermalis came a day after the Greek Helsiniki Monitor, a nongovernmental rights organization, filed an injunction against the museum, demanding that the video be restored and stressing the museum visitors’ right to view the director’s uncensored work.

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