Gregory Markopoulos’ first film after he (and his lover, filmmaker Robert Beavers) left the USA can be described as a six-minute-long snapshot “portrait” of the interior of St. John’s Byzantine church, on the island of Hydra, in Greece. The beautiful, almost mystical, images of the church ooze a feeling of bliss, a sentiment of epiphany and profound serenity, reminding one of the last scenes in Tarkovsky’s Andrei Rublev.
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Direction: Gregory J. Markopoulos
Format: 16mm
Color: Color
Production Country: USA
Production Year: 1967

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)