"Karalis here focuses on what makes realism culturally significant and effective in Greek Cinema. It si a bold and clever move, a brilliant follow-up to his History of Greek Cinema. Wide-ranging, comprehensive, insightful and original, this book is an impressive attempt to explain why (and how) Greek cinema matters." - Dimitris Papanikolaou, University of Oxford
The history of Greek cinema post-1945 is best understood through the stories of its most internationally celebrated and influential directors. Focusing on the works of six major filmmakers active from just after WWII to the present day, with added consideration of many others, this book examines the development of cinema as an art form in the social and political contexts of Greece. Insights on gender in film, minority cinemas, stylistic richness and the representation of historical trauma are afforded by close readings of the work and life of such luminaries as Michael Cacoyannis, Nikos Koundouros, Yannis Dalianidis, Theo Angelopoulos, Antouanetta Angelidi, Yorgos Lanthimos, Athena-Rachel Tsangari and Costas Zapas. Throughout, the book examines how directors visually transmute reality to represent unstable societies, disrupted collective memories and national identity.
From the expert in the field of World Cinema studies
Vrasidas Karalis is Sir Nicholas Laurantus Professor and Chair of Department for Modern Greek at the University of Sydney, Australia. He has published extensively on Greek political life, Greek cinema, European cinema, Byzantine historiography and contemporary political philosophy. Most recently, he has authored A History of Greek Cinema (2012) and co-edited collections on Hannah Arendt and Antigone Kefala.