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Contemporary Greek Film Cultures from 1990 to the Present


Edited By Tonia Kazakopoulou and Mikela Fotiou

This collection of new writing on contemporary Greek cinema builds and expands on existing work in the field, providing a coherent analysis of films which, despite their international importance, have so far received limited critical attention. The volume maps key trends in Greek cinema since the 1990s within the wider context of production and consumption at both national and international levels. It offers a wide range of critical analyses of documentary and avant-garde filmmaking, art house and popular cinema, and the work of established and new directors as well as deliberations on teaching methodologies and marketing strategies. The book seeks to highlight the continuities, mutual influences and common contexts that inform, shape and inspire filmmaking in Greece today.


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List of Figures vii Acknowledgements xi Tonia Kazakopoulou Introduction xiii Ulrich Meurer and Maria Oikonomou 1 Short Voyages to the Land of Gregarious Animals: On Political Aesthesia in Sto Lyko and Sweetgrass 1 Stavros Alifragkis 2 Constructing the Urban Cinematic Landscape: Theo Angelopoulos’s Thessaloniki 37 Rea Walldén 3 The Spatio-Temporality of the Avant-Gardes: Feminist Avant-Garde U-Topoi in Greek Cinema from Transition to Crisis 71 Ben Tyrer 4 This Tongue Is Not my Own: Dogtooth, Phobia and the Paternal Metaphor 101 Angie Voela 5 Family, Gender and the Emotional Economy in Tsemberopoulos’s The Enemy Within 131 Tonia Kazakopoulou 6 In the Name of the Father: Rituals of Gender and Democracy in Olga Malea’s First Time Godfather 151 vi Marios Psaras 7 No Country for Old Faggots: Exploring Queer Utopias in Panos Koutras’s Strella 179 Nick Poulakis 8 A Touch of Spice: Postmodern Identities and the Construction of the Other through Film Music 205 Philip Phillis 9 The Albanian in the Room: Revisiting Greek Hospitality in From the Snow and Plato’s Academy 231 Taso G. Lagos 10 ‘White Ethnicity’ and the Challenge of Independent Greek Films to Greek Stereotypes in the Global Imaginary 261 Afroditi Nikolaidou 11 Marketing Communications in the Greek Film Industry: Rethinking Contemporary Greek Cinema 291 Erato Basea 12 The ‘New Greek Cinema’ before the ‘Greek New Wave’: The Case of The Only Journey of his Life 319 Mikela Fotiou 13 Nikolaidis’s Diptych Those Who Loved a Corpse: A ‘Pasticcio of Pastiches’ 343 Antoinetta Angelidi with Rea Walld...

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