Film production in Greece began nearly a century ago and collapsed during the chaotic early 20s. It started to reemerge a decade later and made significant gains in the mid 40s despite the tragic Greek Civil War.
Movies were initially condemned as immoral by conservatives and censored by the numerous dictators that ruled the country during much of the 20th Century. Yet they survived and even blossomed over time.
A History Of Greek Cinema by Vrasidas Karalis, published by Continuum in 2012, tries to make sense of the rise and fall of the industry and its role in the creation of a national culture. It covers the significant films and personalities within each decade.
It’s illustrated throughout with black and white stills unfortunately too small to capture an adequate sense of the works from which they’re taken. However, the book is an indispensable resource for anyone seriously interested in the subject.
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