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Nikos Papatakis (nicknamed Nico, Greek: Νίκος Παπατάκης; July 5, 1918 – December 17, 2010)[1] [2] [3], was a Greek film director.


He was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and spent his early years between Ethiopia and Greece. In 1939 he established himself in Paris and worked as an extra in films. Eventually, he owned the famous Parisian club 'La Rose Rouge' where performers included singer Juliette Greco. He was married to actress Anouk Aimée from 1951 to 1954 and from whom he had a daughter, Manuela Papatakis, born in 1951. He was then married to actress Olga Karlatos from 1967 to 1982, from whom he had a son, Serge Papatakis, born in 1967.

In 1957, he moved to New York City, met John Cassavetes, and became co-producer of Cassavetes' Shadows (1959).

In 1963, his first film, Les Abysses, enjoyed a "Succès de scandale" and was entered into the 1963 Cannes Film Festival which refused to show it.[4] It was based on Jean Genet's The Slaves. In 1967, he directed another daring film, Oi Voskoi (The Shepherds in Greek). During the Algerian War he was active in the Front de Liberation National. He returned to film in 1987 with a film in Greek, I Photografia (The Photograph). His last film was Walking on a Tightrope (1992).

He died in Paris on December 17, 2010.

Legend has it that photographer Herbert Tobias nicknamed the then-fashion model (later singer) Christa Päffgen "Nico" after Nico Papatakis, who had been her companion for few years.


Les Équilibristes (1992), Walking a Tightrope (English title)
I Photographia (1987), La Photo, The Photograph (Australia: festival title)
Gloria mundi (1976)
Oi Voskoi (1967), Les Pâtres du désordre (France), Thanos and Despina (USA), The Shepherds of Calamity (Europe).
Les Abysses (1963) (as Nico Papatakis)

As actor, only

The Red Rose (1951)


^ Death certificate registered by the Paris's City Hall (France)
^ (French) Fin de l’aventure pour Nikos Papatakis (End of the adventure for Nikos Papatakis), on telerama.fr December 23, 2010.
^ David Hudson. "Nikos Papatakis, 1918 – 2010". mubi.com. Retrieved 2010-12-29.
^ "Festival de Cannes: Les Abysses". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-02-25.

External links

External links

Nikos Papatakis at the Internet Movie Database
Nikos Papatakis' obituary (Italian) ; Nico's Bio résumé (French)

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