Vrasidas Karalis vrasidas.karalis at sydney.edu.au
Mon Jan 30 14:01:36 AEDT 2017

Vrasidas Karalis
Professor in Modern Greek
The University of Sydney

Realism in Greek Cinema: From the Post-War Period to the Present
I.B. Tauris World Cinema Series, London, 2016
Available from Amazon, in Kindle and Book form
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'This remarkable study is the only book on Greek cinema that goes beyond mere film analysis, providing fresh insight on the diversity of Greek cinematic production from post-WWII to the present, and including contemporary filmmakers such as Lanthimos and Tsangari.' - Andrew Horton, The University of Oklahoma; author of The Films of Theo Angelopolous

'Karalis here focuses on what makes realism culturally significant and effective in Greek cinema. It is 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.

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