Marcello Mastroianni in The Beekeeper (1986)
Marcello Mastroianni in The Beekeeper (1986)
The Beekeeper (1986)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

The Beekeeper

Theo Angelopoulos | Greece | 1986 | Unclassified (15+)

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Wed 22 Feb 2023

Marcello Mastroianni stars as a retired teacher travelling around Greece to gather nectar for his bees in this second film of Theo Angelopoulos’ haunting 'trilogy of silence' (which also includes Voyage to Cythera and Landscape in the Mist). Guerra co-scripted all of Angelopoulos’ features from the mid-1980s until the Greek director’s death, and this film is exemplary of their creative partnership, with the sparse dialogue of Guerra’s philosophical script delicately framing the director’s mesmerising visuals. With Serge Reggiani.

Italian-language 35mm print courtesy of Cinecittà Luce.

Format: 35mm
Language: Italian with English subtitles
Source: Cinecittà Luce
Runtime: 122 mins

Event duration

122 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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Program notes

Screenwriting professor Howard Rodman described Tonino Guerra’s work as “the brave and moral thread that runs through the fabric of modernist cinema” but Guerra’s preferred categorisation of his contribution was simply to claim he “added some structure”...

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Tonio Guerra in his later years - black and white

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