A History of Greek Cinema by Vrasidas Karalis

By Vrasidas Karalis

The background of Greek cinema is a slightly vague and unexamined affair. Greek cinema all started slowly after which collapsed; for numerous years it struggled to reinvent itself, produced its first mature works, then collapsed thoroughly and virtually vanished. due to one of these complicated ancient trajectory no accomplished survey of the advance of Greek cinema has been written in English. This publication is the 1st to discover its improvement and the contexts that outlined it through concentrating on its major motion pictures, personalities and theoretical discussions.

A heritage of Greek Cinema makes a speciality of the early many years and the makes an attempt to set up a "national" cinema beneficial to social harmony and nationwide identification. It additionally analyses the issues and the dilemmas that many Greek administrators confronted on the way to identify a special Greek cinema language and offers a number of the phases of improvement through the historical past of the turbulent political historical past of the rustic. The ebook combines ancient research and discussions approximately cinematic shape in to build a story heritage approximately Greek cinematic successes and screw ups.

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Special mention must be made of G. N. Makris, a film reviewer for the literary journal Nea Estia since 1932. ”33 Makris based his reviews on the aesthetics of Sergei Eisenstein and Jean Renoir and was one of the first film critics to discuss the dichotomy between European and American cinemas—accepting them both as equivalent and complementary modes of representation. Generally speaking, it was in the 1930s that the urban landscape of Athens was gradually discovered as material for visual representation.

One of the most prominent public intellectuals of the period Pavlos Nirvanas, who wrote the script for Gaziadis’ The Storm and Astero and who had a persistent interest in cinema, declared in frustration: The characters in [silent] films not only talk but they talk in a special way. First, they don’t say nonsense, as do for example characters in the theater. Further, they never babble on about useless issues, they don’t exhibit stupid 23 24 A History of Greek Cinema wit, don’t make gross jokes, and don’t shout out stupidities under the pretense of philosophizing.

The masterful cinematic creation by Orestis Laskos. Protagonists are, Apollo Marsyas, the embodiment of Hermes of Praxiteles, and Loukia Malti, the Greek American with the gorgeous flexible body. A movie filmed in superb locations on Lesbos, full of idyllic and realistic scenes. Daphnis and Chloe is usually credited with the first nudity scene in European cinema. What has not been discussed is how nudity was cinematically framed in order to avoid censorship and public controversy. Indeed, the representation of a de-sexualized nudity, the nudity of a body without desire, is probably the most characteristic element of Laskos’ film.

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