Greek film producer, production designer, journalist and financial consultant Max Roman died of heart failure Feb. 17 in Athens. He was 63.
Born Minas Tsochatzopoulos, he began his career in New York as a theater and cinema reporter for the National Herald. He later returned to Greece where he worked as a critic and hosted a cultural program on American Armed Forces Radio.
Roman delved into the film world when he established his own production and distribution company, where he produced “Ransom Baby,” “Carmen, the True Story,” “The Case of Oedipus” among numerous others. He also promoted the financing of films such as “Gandhi,” “Educating Rita,” “First Blood” and “The Nutcracker.”
Fluent in several languages, he helped pioneer the business of film dubbing in Greece. For more than 12 years, he oversaw the dubbing of foreign films into Greek and Greek films into English.
He continued contributing to the film industry as a founding member of the American Film Market in Los Angeles, and acted as a consultant at film festivals and markets worldwide.
He is survived by his sister, film producer and production director Yvonne Roman-Tsochatzopoulos.