Greek Cinema from Cacoyannis to the Present A History

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2015-04-30
  • Publisher: I. B. Tauris

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This book explores the development of post-1945 Greek cinema focusing on the work of some of its most influential and internationally known film-makers. After examining the foundational historical and stylistic questions of Greek cinematic tradition, it discusses the work of Michael Cacoyannis, the first director who brought Greek cinema to international repute with his famous films Stella, Electra, Zorba the Greek amongst others.

After him, the book presents for the first time in English the seminal work of Nikos Koundouros probably the most innovative and versatile film-maker of the country.

Together with them, Yannis Dalialidis was the most commercially successful and prolific director of the Golden Age of Greek cinema during the sixties. His underestimated work is discussed with special emphasis on films made between 1965 and 1975.

Any discussion of Greek cinema would have been incomplete without mentioning the work of its most celebrated auteur Theo Angelopoulos. The analysis gives foregrounds his use of colour, mise-en-scène and continuity from his early political films to his later incomplete projects.

After him, the book explores the diversity of cinematic styles that thrived in the country especially during the seventies. The work of Antouanetta Angelidi gives the opportunity to study women's cinema and the local tradition of experimental or poetic film-makers.

Finally, the book explores contemporary Greek film-makers, in an era when the Greek society is experiencing one of its greatest crises. The films of Constantine Giannaris, Yorgos Lanthimos, Athena Rachel Tsangari, Yannis Koutras and Costas Zapas are discussed giving a broad picture of the diversity of creative responses to the crisis and the visual orientations of the medium.

Author Biography

Associate Professor, Department of Modern Greek Studies, University of Sydney, Australia. Previous books include Petros Vlastos: Works, Martin Heidegger and the Aesthetics of Living.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the History of Greek Cinema: 1910-2010
1. The Work of Mihalis Cacoyannis: from the BBC to the Creation of National Icons
2. The Adventures of Greek History in the Films of Nikos Koundouros
3. Popular Cinema and Social Consciousness in the Films of Yannis Dalianidis
4. Theo Angelopoulos and the Structures of History
5. Tonia Marketaki and the Feminine Gaze
6. Constantine Giannaris: a Gay Take on Contemporary Homelessness
Epilogue: History and Cinema in Greece

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