Greek Cinema

Texts, Histories, Identities

Edited by Lydia Papadimitriou and Yannis Tzioumakis

Greek Cinema

Edited by Lydia Papadimitriou and Yannis Tzioumakis

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

279 pages | 55 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2012
Paper $35.50 ISBN: 9781841504339 Published April 2012 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe

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.

      Lydia Papadimitriou and Yannis Tzioumakis

Part I: Approaches
1. A Touch of Spice: Mobility and Popularity
      Dimitris Eleftheriotis
2. Is There Such a Thing as a Greek Blockbuster? The Revival of Contemporary Greek Cinema
      Michalis Kokonis
3. Gloves and Moustaches: Masculinity and Gender Relations in the Film Ta Kitrina Gantia/Yellow Gloves
      Yvonne Alexia Kosma
Part II: Histories
4. Coloniality and Early Greek Film Culture
      Vassiliki Tsitsopoulou
5. Open-air Cinema in Athens: The Rise of the City and Urban Identities
      Yiannis Christofides and Melissanthi Saliba
6. Silent Greek Cinema: In Search of Academic Recognition
      Eliza Anna Delveroudi
7. Definitely Maybe: Possible Narratives of the History of Greek Cinema
      Maria A. Stassinopoulou
Part III: Identity
8. Music, Dance and Cultural Identity in the Greek Film Musical
      Lydia Papadimitriou
9. Carnivalized Greekness: Stavros Tsiolis’ Please, Ladies Don’t Cry
      Nikos Leros
10. Cacoyannis’ Stella: Representation and Reception of a Patriarchal Anomaly
      Achilleas Hadjikyriacou
11. Greek Cinema Without Greece: Investigating Alternative Formations
      Gary Needham
Part IV: Aesthetics
12. Film Style in Old Greek Cinema: The Case of Dinos Dimopoulos
      Eleftheria Thanouli
13. Reflections on Pain, Loss and Memory: Takis Kanellopoulos’ Fiction Films of the 1960s
      Panayiota Mini
14. The Geography of Neo-Realism in Greece: City Images, Urban Representations and Aesthetics of Space
      Anna Poupou

Notes on Contributors
Review Quotes
David Martin-Jones, University of St Andrews
“A major reference point in European—and indeed, global—film studies for at least a decade to come.”

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