Amorgos and the 1988 Cult Film "The Big Blue" Revisited After 29 Years
|Amorgos, one of the prettiest islands in Greece|
If you’re lucky enough to be visiting Amorgos, one of the prettiest and unspoiled Greek islands, do yourself a favour; before you go, take time to watch the 1988, cult film:
|"The Big Blue 1988"|
Cast : Jean-Marc Barr, Jean Reno , Rosanna Arquette, Director: Luc Besson
Wonderful soundtrack Le Grand Bleu by Eric Serra
1988 "Big Blue" trailer
“The Big Blue”, one of the many Famous Movies Filmed in Greece and the Greek Islands. directed by Luc Besson, filmed in Amorgos, which shows the amazing monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa, perched high on a mountain side, the idyllic Agia Anna beach and Liveros Bay, with the shipwreck of the Olympia (Which inspired Besson to film on Amorgos), is the film which sparked worldwide interest in free diving for extreme sports enthusiasts and, of course, the island of Amorgos.
Now, twenty nine years later, the film is being revived through the fabulous project:
"The Authentic Big Blue"
Happening in Amorgos, 17 September 2017.
|Liveros Bay, with the shipwreck of the Olympia|
Amorgos, the small, Eastern-most island of the Cyclades, in the South Aegean Sea, accessible only by boat, has incredible views, (owing to heights of more than 800 meters above sea level), pristine sandy beaches and many archeological remains, especially the walls surrounding Arkesini.
|Monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa|
|Agia Anna Amorgos Island (Cyclades)|
"The Authentic Big Blue" diving is to take place here, off the Agia Anna Beach, 17 September.2017
|Dokathismata figurine, Early Cycladic II, Syros phase (2800–2300 BC)|
Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art
Amorgos, with its two ports, the main one; yacht-filled Katapola, the second; Aegiali and Chora, the town (known as Amorgos), is not really the place for beach lovers, but is more of a “back to nature” island, the perfect place for walking, hiking, rock climbing and diving.
|Amorgos island, Greece |
|Actor Jean-Marc Barr (Center) with Freedivers Association AIDA Hellas president Dimitris Koumoulos and vice president Christos Papadopoulos.|
Photo Source amorgos-news. gr
Watch the video below, Barr's thoughts on "The Authentic Big Blue"
Interview with Jean-Marc Barr;
Barr talks about the documentary, being filmed on the island of Amorgos, and his experience of filming "The Big Blue" back in 1988, his first major role in cinema.
Courtesy Amorgos News
|The Authentic Big Blue|
Photo: Amorgos News
(Free diving; diving without breathing apparatus, is nothing new, for hundreds of years divers have used this method, diving for sponges, shellfish and pearls).
|How it all began.|
At the beginning of the film "The Big Blue"
Jacques and Enzo challenge each other to collect a coin on the sea floor and Jacques loses.
Jacques Mayol (1927-2001), played by actor Jean-Marc Barr, a free diving legend and author of "Homo Delphinus, The Dolphin Within Man( His philosophy on whether humans have hidden aquatic origins, awakened by physiological and psychological training), of French nationality, born in Shanghai, China, was already an experienced diver when he first met Enzio Maiorca.
|Enzo Maiorca und Jacques Mayol|
Maiorca was the first to dive below 50 meters, Mayol reached 60 meters and in 1976 Mayol broke the 100 meters record, with a no-limits dive, of the coast of Elba, Italy.
Tests during the dive showed that, amazingly, Mayol's heartbeat dropped from sixty to twenty seven beats per minute, a characteristic of “Mammalian diving reflex”, more noticeable in whales, seals and dolphins!
Mayol’s last dive in 1983, at the age of fifty six was to a depth of 105 meters.
In 2001, suffering from depression, Mayol hung himself in his villa in Elba.
Enzo Maiorca (1931-2016) born Syracuse, Sicily, learned to swim at the age of four and despite his fear of the sea, entered into the world of diving, beginning with spear fishing, which he abandoned in 1967, to concentrate on free diving.
When the two divers; Mayol and Maiorca, reached 76 meters in 1970, the International Diving Federation ruled the depths too dangerous and refused to acknowledge any further records.
Dare-devil Maiorca, defied medical experts by swimming to a depth of more than 91 meters in one breath, and in 1988 set his final record at 101 meters.
Maiorca managed to block the release of the film “The Big Blue” in Italy until 2002, a year after Mayol’s death, he thought the film portrayed him as an uneducated Sicilian, and ordered certain lines of dialogue removed, before the film debuted in Italy
|Jean Reno (Enzo) and Jean-Marc Barr (Jacques)|
"The Big Blue" (1988)
|Friends; Enzo and Jacques and the Fiat 500 used in the film|
"The Big Blue" 1988
"The Authentic Big Blue", paying tribute to free-diving legends Jacques Mayol and Enzo Maiorca, is the biggest event to hit Amorgos for the last three decades, set to take place on Sunday 17 September until Sunday 24 September 2017.
Winners of the competition will be awarded specially crafted “Jacques Mayol” and “Enzo Maiorca” medals in memory of the two heroes.
"The Big Blue"
This is the first free diving competition, approved by AIDA (International Association for the Development of Apnea); to be held at Agia Anna beach since death- defying Jacques (Jean-Marc Barr) and Enzo (Jean Reno) competed there, twenty nine years ago, in 1988, during the filming of “The Big Blue”.
Sneak peak of things to come with;
"The Authentic Big Blue"
17-24 September 2017
Coinciding with this unique event; “The Authentic Big Blue”, is “Amorgos Gastronomy Week” so, it’s going to be all go on the island, if you’ve been considering paying a visit to this beautiful Greek island, what better time is there than now?
|Amorgos Gastronomy Days|
"The Authentic Big Blue"
Amorgos September 2017
“The deepest man on earth”
Herbert Nitsch, with his best dive
of 214 meters (328 ft), the world record, also has another sixty nine official world records
to his name!
|Herbert Nitsch, World Record Holder Free diver|
See details of this wonderful event at the official website:
"The Authentic Big Blue" .