Greek Cinema (Book)

Texts, Histories, Identities

Covering the silent era to the present, this wide-ranging collection of essays examines Greek cinema as an aesthetic, cultural and political phenomenon with the potential to appeal to a diverse range of audiences. Using a range of methodological tools, the authors investigate the ever-shifting forms and meanings at work within Greece’s national cinema and locate it within the booming interdisciplinary study of European cinema at large. Designed for undergraduate courses in film studies, this well-researched volume fills a substantial gap in the market for critical works on Greek cinema in English.


Introduction – Lydia Papadimitriou and Yannis Tzioumakis
Part I: Approaches

Chapter 1: A Touch of Spice: Mobility and Popularity – Dimitris Eleftheriotis

Chapter 2: Is There Such a Thing as a Greek Blockbuster? The Revival of Contemporary Greek Cinema – Michalis Kokonis

Chapter 3: Gloves and Moustaches: Masculinity and Gender Relations in the Film Ta Kitrina Gantia/Yellow Gloves – Yvonne Alexia Kosma

Part II: Histories 

Chapter 4: Coloniality and Early Greek Film Culture – Vassiliki Tsitsopoulou

Chapter 5: Open-air Cinema in Athens: The Rise of the City and Urban Identities – Yiannis Christofides and Melissanthi Saliba

Chapter 6: Silent Greek Cinema: In Search of Academic Recognition – Eliza Anna Delveroudi

Chapter 7: Definitely Maybe: Possible Narratives of the History of Greek Cinema – Maria A. Stassinopoulou

Part III: Identity

Chapter 8: Music, Dance and Cultural Identity in the Greek Film Musical – Lydia Papadimitriou

Chapter 9: Carnivalized Greekness: Stavros Tsiolis’ Please, Ladies Don’t Cry – Nikos Leros

Chapter 10: Cacoyannis’ Stella: Representation and Reception of a Patriarchal Anomaly – Achilleas Hadjikyriacou

Chapter 11: Greek Cinema Without Greece: Investigating Alternative Formations – Gary Needham

Part IV: Aesthetics 

Chapter 12: Film Style in Old Greek Cinema: The Case of Dinos Dimopoulos – Eleftheria Thanouli

Chapter 13: Reflections on Pain, Loss and Memory: Takis Kanellopoulos’ Fiction Films of the 1960s – Panayiota Mini

Chapter 14: The Geography of Neo-Realism in Greece: City Images, Urban Representations and Aesthetics of Space – Anna Poupou

'The adventurous explorations, the sound suggestions and the vast research show that Papadimitriou and Tziounakis’ volume institutes a new beginning for the re-evaluation of Greek Cinema.' – Senses of Cinema, Vrasidas Karalis

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