The death of Greek World War II resistance hero Manolis Glezos has brought renewed attention to a documentary of his life, The Last Partisan, the work of New York-based filmmaker Andreas Hadjipateras.
Glezos is best known for joining with his friend Apostolos Santas, both then 18, in climbing up under the Acropolis the night of May 30, 1941, running past the Parthenon being guarded by the Nazis, taking down the swastika on the flag pole and raising the Greek flag for everyone to see in the morning.
The film noted Glezos “lived a mercurial existence, caught between moments of glory and controversy as he battled for his ideals right to the end,” imprisoned and tortured by his government for his Leftist beliefs.
During Greece’s Eurozone and bailout crises, Glezos was elected to the European Parliament in 2014 at the age of 92. “Scolding, lecturing and joking throughout the documentary, Mr. Glezos develops a tug-of-war relationship with the filmmakers as they uncover the man behind the myth.”
Hadjipateras has directed numerous shorts that have been featured in festivals worldwide and is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch Film and Television Program.