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Thursday, December 30, 2004

Planet Out: Greek lawyers won't sue over 'Alexander'

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Greek lawyers won't sue over 'Alexander'

Fri Dec 3, 3:09 PM ET
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Christopher Curtis, PlanetOut Network

SUMMARY: As the movie "Alexander" makes its Greek premiere on Friday, a group of Greek lawyers decided not to take legal action against the film for portraying the Greek leader as bisexual.


As the movie "Alexander" makes its Greek premiere on Friday, a group of Greek lawyers decided not to take legal action against the film for portraying the Greek leader as bisexual.

The group of 25 lawyers claimed there was no historical evidence suggesting Alexander had male lovers. They had threatened to go to court to get a disclaimer attached to the beginning of Oliver Stone's epic film, warning viewers that the film was not historically accurate.

But after a special screening Friday, attorneys changed their minds.

"There is a kiss that can be interpreted in many ways, but we have avoided the worst," Giannis Varnakas told the Associated Press (AP). "Fortunately it was not what we had feared. The people can go and see the movie."

LGBT rights campaigners condemned the lawyers' efforts, claiming they were not after historical accuracy, but simply homophobic.

Distributors of the film argued art should not be censored.

"Everyone has his own ethical values and beliefs, but I don't believe we should censor art. Cinema is an art and (Oliver) Stone did a movie -- not a historical documentary," Serafim Mavromatis told the AP. Mavromatis is the marketing and advertising manager for Spentzos Film, the Greek distributors of "Alexander."

Mavromatis added nothing in the movie can "damage" the image of Alexander.

"As a matter of fact, Alexander appears to be above and beyond being Greek," he said. "Numerous things have been written about him, and we are talking about a time in which other ethics, values and traditions existed."

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