By Vrasidas Karalis
The historical past of Greek cinema is a slightly imprecise and unexamined affair. Greek cinema begun slowly after which collapsed; for numerous years it struggled to reinvent itself, produced its first mature works, then collapsed thoroughly and nearly vanished. as a result of this type of advanced old trajectory no complete survey of the improvement of Greek cinema has been written in English. This publication is the 1st to discover its improvement and the contexts that outlined it via concentrating on its major movies, personalities and theoretical discussions.
A historical past of Greek Cinema makes a speciality of the early a long time and the makes an attempt to set up a "national" cinema priceless to social team spirit and nationwide identification. It additionally analyses the issues and the dilemmas that many Greek administrators confronted to be able to determine a unique Greek cinema language and offers a few of the levels of improvement in the course of the historical past of the turbulent political heritage of the rustic. The publication combines historic research and discussions approximately cinematic shape in to build a story heritage approximately Greek cinematic successes and screw ups.
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Two notable movies of the period were made in the studios of Istanbul. The first was Stelios Tatassopoulos’ Social Decay (Koinoniki Sapila, 1932) which featured some interesting stylistic innovations. The camera moved frantically between close-ups, medium and wide shots and withdrew into long shots following the tense and anxious development of the story. This was another movie still struggling to establish its narrative codes. Although the film did not take risks with form, it depicted its topic with a masterful self-sufficiency through the Marxist underpinnings of each distinct frame of reality.
Yet, as he was running up and down central Athens, his film offered a distinct depiction of the city, its main roads, people and landscape. Also, its subtle humor and its attempt to create a “comedy of manners” make this early film worth watching to this day. 11 12 A History of Greek Cinema Another comedian of the period, Michael Michael of Michael (1895– 1944), also became very popular; his unscripted and director-less films earned him the nickname of the Greek Charlie Chaplin, and his personality gave rise to the first form of “media star” in the country.
In 1914/15, the folk-costume rural drama Golfo was produced by Costas Behatoros in collaboration with Filippo Martelli, as the first feature film made in the country. Golfo, at 79 minutes, was a costly production (100,000 drachmas, an immense amount for the time) and inaugurated the characteristic genre of bucolic fustanella dramas, which maintained its appeal for many decades through its idealization of rural space and the pre-urban time of communal village innocence. Its story was derived from a popular love idyll in traditional rhyming verse written for the theater by Spyridon Peresiadis in 1893.