By Vrasidas Karalis
The historical past of Greek cinema is a slightly imprecise and unexamined affair. Greek cinema all started slowly after which collapsed; for a number of years it struggled to reinvent itself, produced its first mature works, then collapsed thoroughly and virtually vanished. as a result of any such advanced old trajectory no finished survey of the improvement of Greek cinema has been written in English. This e-book is the 1st to discover its improvement and the contexts that outlined it by way of targeting its major movies, personalities and theoretical discussions.
A historical past of Greek Cinema makes a speciality of the early many years and the makes an attempt to set up a "national" cinema invaluable to social unity and nationwide id. It additionally analyses the issues and the dilemmas that many Greek administrators confronted which will identify a unique Greek cinema language and provides some of the phases of improvement in the course of the historical past of the turbulent political heritage of the rustic. The e-book combines old research and discussions approximately cinematic shape in to build a story heritage approximately Greek cinematic successes and screw ups.
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Between 1923 and 1925, he released five movies with Hepp as his principal cameraman—very few scenes survive from The Wedding of Michael and Concetta (O Gamos tou Mihail kai tis Kontsetas, 1923), Michael is Completely Broke (O Mihail den Ehei Psila, 1923) and Michael’s Dream (To Oneiro tou Mihail, 1923). The commercial success of these films also helped to establish the career of another important comedian in this early period, Ahilleas Madras (1875– 1966), whose movies, despite their shortcomings, can be seen as major social documents in a changing society, as well as filmic texts within a new understanding of cinema as cultural industry.
They also confirmed as the first female “star” of Greek cinema Mary Sagiannou, who became a legendary figure, the Greek Greta Garbo, during her short life (1909–1943). It was the new company Hellas Films who produced the first really synchronized movie, Lagiarni (1930) by Ioannis Loumos, which gained international acclaim. The movie had to be sent to German studios for post production since there was no sound technology in Greece. In the same year, the otherwise unknown Tetos Demetriadis produced at Universal Studios in the United States the first truly talking Greek movie.
Stylistically, because of Martelli, it was very close to Italian films of the period, particularly those before the historical epics, which revolved around folk heroes. ), and it seems that their very theatricality contributed to the film’s failure at the box office. Despite this failure, as Dan Georgakas has noted, “the storyline continually intrigued Greek film-makers. A 1932 remake would be the first Greek talking picture. ”12 Behatoros left for Paris in 1916 and was lost to Greek cinema, as it seems was his fortune, after the failure of the film.