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World Film Locations: Athens

A filmic guidebook of the Greek capital, World Film Locations: Athens takes readers to film locations in the central historical district, with excursions to the periphery of Athens—popular neighborhoods, poor suburbs, and slums often represented in postwar neorealist films—and then on to garden cities and upper-class suburbs, especially those preferred by the auteurs of the 1970s. Of course, no Grecian vacation would be complete without a visit to the sea, and summer resorts, hotels, and beaches near Athens are frequent backdrops for international productions. However, more recent economic strife has emptied city neighborhoods, created urban violence, and caused an increase in riots in the Mediterranean city, and representations of this on film are juxtaposed with images of the eternal and idyllic city.

Featuring both Greek and foreign productions from various genres and historical periods, the book ultimately works to establish connections between the various aesthetics of dominant representations of Athens.

128 pages | 50 color plates | 6 x 9 | © 2014

World Film Locations

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The World Film Locations series is a true treasure for scholars, film buffs, and world travelers alike. . . .When taken together, these essays provide readers with a comprehensive understanding of Athens, its relationship with the cinema, and how that relationships has evolved over the years alongside the city’s own political, economic, and social developments. Like all the other installments in the World Film Locations series, they help explain how film is helping shape our view of the city, what role the city has in film, and how the medium of film can help us better understand the city and its people.”


Table of Contents

Athens: City of the Imagination

Anna Poupou and Eirini Sifaki

Open-air Cinemas in Post-war Athens

Dimitris Eleftheriotis

Scenes 1-8


Athens is Burning

Dimitris Papanikolaou

Scenes 9-16


Nikos Panayotopoulos’s Athens: From Relic of Antiquity to Hipster Urban Refuge

Athena Kartalou

Scenes 17-24


Controversies of Space in Popular Greek Cinema (1950-70): From the Courtyard to the Living Room

Angeliki Milonaki

Scenes 25-32


Dirtopia and Its Urban Subcultures: Cinematic Athens in the Post-dictatorship Era

Afroditi Nikolaidou and Anna Poupou

Scenes 33-39


Athens in the 1960s Greek Musical

Lydia Papadimitriou

Scenes 40-46




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