Chris Marker released the film The Owl’s Legacy in 1989, and it is now screening at the Metrograph in its recently restored version. It was commissioned by the Onassis Foundation to promote Greek culture. The documentary is part of a 13 part series on ancient Greece made for public access television.
Each twenty minute episode is dedicated to a signel word inherited from the original Greek text, Plato’s Symposium. In the play, notable speakers including Socrates gathered to discuss Eros. Headshots of philosophers and artists are spliced into the episodes. The purpose of the film is to show how history is deliberately misinterpreted.