Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
"There could have been no more eloquent a reply to the tragedy of the Greek military dictatorship than this movie," said junta opponent Elias Demetracopoulos Tuesday night at the Greek embassy following the American Film Institute screening of "Iphigenia" at the Kennedy Center.
And indeed the film did draw raves from most, if for reasons less political.
"This film just tears you apart," said movie maven Bill Blair, who admitted to seeing about 150 movies a year, while Buffy Cufritz agreed that "Iphigenia" was a real two-hanky extravaganza.
Nonetheless, the AFI audience obviously has a bit to learn about movie manners. Following the screening, a sizeable numberin the audience got up and left before and during the personal appearances of director Michael Cacoyannis and the film's 14-year-old star, Tatiana Papamoskou.
"This is a typical reaction of an invited audience," said one irate filmgoer. "You'd think they never get a free drink the way they're rushing to get to the Greek embassy."
At the embassy, guests quickly attacked the sumptuous Greek buffet of moussaka, stuffed grape leaves, cheeses and pastries prepared by the embassy chef. However, Cacoyannis and his fawn-like protege quickly took center stage when they arrived.