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Excommunication: A Greek Orthodox bishop excommunicated director Theo Angelopoulos as work on his latest film started in Florina, Greece, under heavy police guard Monday. Bishop Augustinos Kandiotis called “The Suspended Step of the Stork,” a $3.3-million production starring Marcello Mastroianni, unpatriotic and anti-church. Kandiotis, who campaigns against sexual freedom and women smoking, said that Angelopoulos and his crew were excommunicated for four years. Angelopoulos has won awards at the Cannes, Venice and Berlin film festivals.


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