This book is a detailed historical survey of Greek cinema from its very beginning (1905) until today (2010). The history of Greek cinema is a rather obscure and unexamined affair. Greek cinema started slowly and then collapsed; for several years it struggled to reinvent itself, produced its first mature works, then collapsed completely and almost vanished. Because of such a complex historical trajectory no comprehensive survey of the development of Greek cinema has been written in English. This book is the first to explore its development and the contexts that defined it by focusing on its main films, personalities and theoretical discussions. "A History of Greek Cinema" focuses on the early decades and the attempts to establish a "national" cinema useful to social cohesion and national identity. It also analyses the problems and the dilemmas that many Greek directors faced in order to establish a distinct Greek cinema language and presents the various stages of development throughout the background of the turbulent political history of the country.
The book combines historical analysis and discussions about cinematic form in to construct a narrative history about Greek cinematic successes and failures.
Vrasidas Karalis is Associate Professor of Modern Greek at The University of Sydney, co-editor of the Modern Greek Studies Journal (Australia and New Zealand) and current President of the Sydney Society of Literature and Aesthetics.
Introduction: Theoretical framework, debates and historical periodisation; Chapter 1: Establishing the Cinematic Gaze: 1905-1945; Chapter 2: Searching for a Visual Metaphor: 1945-1970; Chapter 3: The Formalist Moment: The Inward Gaze: 1971-1995; Chapter 4: The Polyphony of the Decentered Gaze: The Other as a Cultural Hero: 1995-2010; Chapter 5: Epilogue; Appendix 1: Music Scores in Greek Movies; Appendix 2: On Smoking in Greek Movies; Appendix 3: Superstars in Greek Cinema.