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Kostas Gavras movie remains uncensored

05 August 2009 / 17:08:32  GRReporter
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The Acropolis Museum took a final decision to leave the controversial scenes in Kostas Gavras documentary, showing through computer animation enraged early-Christian priests destroying sculptures of the Parthenon in 8th century. As Grreporter had informed you, following an order by the Minister of culture Andonis Samaras, and after the wrathful protest of the Greek Orthodox Church, the Acropolis Museum had decided to cut out the scenes in which the great Greek director is telling the story of the damages the Acropolis had suffered during the centuries because of human stupidity. After a feedback of sarcasm that it received not only from Greece but from around the world, the Museum's administration has finally decided to leave the scenes intact.

"After a long discussion with Kostas Gavras, it became clear that the figures he was depicting were not actually Christian priests, but people from that time who were destroying the Parthenon and its decorations"- this was said in an official announcement by the museum's director Dimitris Pandermalis. The scenes in question that excited everyone show men with beards wearing cassocks and hitting Fidius's sculptures on the Parthenon's building with hammers. "I have never mentioned people from those times; I talk about early-Christians. They may have not been exactly priests but Christians from that period used to wear long black clothes. They were certainly representing a particular religion- the Christianity. We did have a thorough discussion but Mr. Pandermalis has never showed me his media statement in advance," says on the other hand Kostas Gavras.

The Oskar-winner is still disappointed from all the noise that was made around his 12-minute movie. "It is high-time that church and politics were separated in this country. Let the church deal with the metaphysical, and politicians with real life. Unfortunately, the situation in Greece has never been, nor will ever be like that," says Kostas Gavras with grief in his voice. He insists that it is a historical fact that many of the bass-relives and sculptures of the Parthenon were destroyed by early-Christians and as a historian, the museum director Dimitris Pandermalis should know that. The famous director will upload his movie online by the end of the week.

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