Twice a Man

Twice a Man

Following in the tradition of directors like Jean Cocteau and Jean Vigo, Markopoulos was a poet filmmaker whose work falls into three main categories: mythic themes, film portraits, and films of place. Often taking his inspiration from classic literary works [as this film is a loose adaptation of the story of Hippolytos], Markopoulos forged new terrain as a filmmaker exploring abstract narratives. His poetic approach relied heavily on the expressive, even mannerist use of color, composition, rhythm, and fractured temporal structures. (Susan Oxtoby, Pacific Film Archive)
Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Gregory J. Markopoulos
Music: Pyotr Tchaikovky
Actors: Paul Kilb, Olympia Dukakis, Violet Roditi, Albert Torgessen
Format: 16mm
Color: Color
Production Country: USA
Production Year: 1963
Duration: 49΄

Gregory J. Markopoulos

Born in Ohio in 1928 to Greek immigrant parents, experimental filmmaker Gregory Markopoulos began making 8mm films at the age of 12. In 1967 he left the United States for permanent residence in Europe. Gradually, Markopoulos ensconced in self-exile, withdrawing his films from circulation and refusing to give any interviews. While he continued to make films, his work went largely unseen for almost 30 years.


1949 Christmas U.S.A. (short)
1963 Twice a Man
1966 Ming Green (short)
1967 The Illiac Passion
1967 Bliss (short)
1968 The Mysteries
1975 Portrait of Gilbert & George (aka Gibralta) (short)