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Griechischer Film, Theater, Schauspieler, Regisseure

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Raised in Germany and knowing German and Greek culture there are similar films and comedians in Germany and Greece in the Fifties and Sixties. The old black and white films actually were more theatrical comedies. Who could afford Hollywood like productions with monumental films?

Nikos Tsiforos

Many films are based on the work of Nikos Tsiforos (1909 – 1970) satiric writer

Vasilis Avlonitis (Βασίλης Αυλωνίτης)(1904 – 10.3.1970) (Info)

Vasilis Argyropoulos (Βασίλης Αργυρόπουλος)(1894 – 1953)

Georgia Vasileiadou (Georgia Athanassiou) (Γεωργία Βασιλειάδου) (1897 – 12.2.1980 Athens) A great actress. A interesting film the “ Beauty woman of Athens (Oraia ton Athninon)” which was already as a title funny enough.

In Greek: Η θεία απ΄ το Σικάγο

Lambros Konstantaras (Λάμπρος Κωνσταντάρας) (13 .5.1913 Athens – 28.6.1985 Athens), playing always a rich industrial “Gentleman” (Biography in Greek )

Nikos Stavridis (Νίκος Σταυρίδης)(1910 Samos/Greece – 14.12.1987 Samos)

Vasilis (or Vassilis) Logothetidis (Βασίλης Λογοθετίδης) (1897 Myriofito Thrace - 22.2.1960) Kalpiki Lira (Ta Nea in Greek)

Mimis Fotopoulos (Μίμης Φωτόπουλος)(April 1913 Zatouna Gortynias, Greece – 29.10.1986) with a “Magkas” look Kalpiki Lira

Dionysis Papayianopoulos (Διονύσης Παπαγιαννόπουλος )(1912 Diakofto/Greece – 13.4.1984 Athens) A popular actor known from his comedy films, although he was an actor playing works of Shakespeare . Stella

Yannis Gionakis (Γιάννης Γκιωνάκης )(1922 Athens - 25.8.2002)

Nikos Rizos (1924 Arta – 20.4.1999)

Thanassis Vengos (Θανάσης Βέγγος) (1927 Neo Faliro) a popular comedian. Typical is that he runs up and down during the entire film. He played also Dicaeopolis in Aristophanes Acharnians and also in Films such as Never on Sunday and Ulysses’ Gaze , Typical his words "My good people", Kaloi mou anthropoi

Sotiris Moustakas (Σωτήρης Μουστάκας)(17.9.1940 Platres Lemessos Cyprus - 4 .6.2007 Athens)

Kostas Voutsas ( Κώστας Βουτσάς) (31.12. 1931 Athens), O Katiforos (1961).

Kostas Hatzichristos (Κώστας Χατζηχρήστος) (1921 - 3.10.2001)

FINOS FILMS: Philopimin Finos (Φιλοποίμην Φίνος) (or "Fifi" according to Aliki Vougiouklaki) (1908 Kato Tithorea/Lokrida - 27.1.1977) . He produced many films after World War II until around 1970, a golden age for Greek films, comedies, musicals, dramas etc. Then with the spread of Greek television the number of cinema visitors dropped continuously.

Κατάλογος ελληνικών ταινιών 1930-1950, 1951 - 1960, 1961-1970, 1971-1980, 1981-1990, 1991-2000, 2001-

Greek Film Industry Survey (List of Greek Films in Greek)

Theater/ Directors

Dimitris Rondiris (or Rontiris) (Δημήτρης Ροντήρης) (1899-1981) student of Max Reinhardt, artistic Director National Theater , 11.9.1938 Sophocles' Electra with Katina Paxinou and Eleni Papadaki as Clytemnestra played in Epidaurus after the theater there was found in 1881 by a Greek archaeologist. (Ta Nea in Greek)

Karolos Koun (Κάρολος Κουν) (13.9.1908 Prousa – 14.2.1987) ”O Daskalos (The Teacher)” Laiki Skini, Art Theater (Ta Nea in Greek)

Dimitris Potamitis (Δημήτρης Ποταμίτης) (1945 Limassol Cyprus- 26.2.2002 Athens), Actor, director, author

Script Writer

Alekos Sakellarios (Αλέκος Σακελλάριος) (7.11.1913- 28.8.1991)



Greek Theater (French)


Yorgos (or Giorgos) Arvanitis (1941 Dilofo /Greece) Venice FF 'Golden Osella' [1989] & Flanders IFF 'Joseph Plateau Award' [1990] for 'Australia'; Camerimage 'Golden Frog' nom [1995] for 'To vlemma tou Odyssea'; Namur IFF [1997] for 'Faraw!'; Camerimage 'Golden Frog' nom [1998; shared] for 'Mia aiwniothta kai mia mera'

Phedon Papamichael Jr. (1962 Athens) and Phedon Papamichael Sr.

Cork FF Award [1990] for 'Spud'; ASC Award nom [1993] for 'Wild Palms' [ep 'The Floating World, Part 2']; ASC Award nom [1995] for 'White Dwarf'; Camerimage 'Golden Frog' nom [2000] & Avignon FF 'Prix Vision' [2000] for '27 Missing Kisses'; Camerimage 'Golden Frog' nom [2000] for 'The Million Dollar Hotel'. , Walk the Line

Haris Zambraloukos (Cyprus) ICG Award for Artistic Achievement in Cinematography [2000] for 'First Daughter' Info





Thessaloniki International Film Festival


Cinemythology - Greek Myths and Literature in World Cinema

Five Contemporary Greek Films Considered A critical report

Greek Films and Films About Greece A personal list from Matt Barrett

http://www.helleniccomserve.com/greekcinema.html Representations of the Feminine in the Greek Crossover Films of Michael Cacoyannis and Jules Dassin

http://www.cinephilia.gr/greek.html (A Greek Website)

Cartoon Museum (Athens)

http://www.tte.gr/ , http://www.cinemuseum.gr/

http://www.imdb.com/Sections/Countries/Greece/ at least 3279 titles in the IMDb from Greece (including international co-productions).

http://www.dramafilmfestival.gr/en/index.html Short Film Festival in Drama

Film Music Composer

Mikis Theodorakis (29.7.1925 Chios), Z, Zorbas the Greek and many more other films

Nikos Mamangakis (3.3.1929 Rethymno/Crete)

Vangelis Odysseas Papathanassiou (29.3.1943 Agria/Magnesia), Oscar (Chariots of Fire -1981)

Basil Poledouris (1945 Kansas/Missouri) Music Film Composer, Conan the Barbarian, Conan the Destroyer, The Hunt for Red October (1990) , Celtic Pride (1996), Les Miserables (1998), For Love of the Game(1999), Mickey Blue Eyes (1999)

Eleni Karaindrou (Ελένη Καραϊνδρου)

Mighty Aphrodites: Greek Women in the 20th Century and Beyond With some information and the film trailers of The Price of Love, Vassiliki, Female Company

Actors born in Greece

Yvonne Sanson (23.07.1926 Thessaloniki - 23.07-2003 Bologna Italy)

Amavia Daniela (4.3.1966 Athens) a Chanel and Dior model

Some video trailers are available for example mms://www.gfc.gr/105.wmv (copy paste this link to the Explorer adress and press enter).. Could be off-line!

Greek Cinema Periods a) until 1945 b) until 1967 c) until today

I was lucky to be a witness of Mobile Cinemas: Since there were no permanent cinema theaters outside cities like Athens or Thessaloniki the mobile cinemas used to cruise through smaller towns and settlements in Greece. In restaurants or at open spaces maybe once in a month a film was shown.

Karaghiozis or Karagiozis Shadow Theater

Karagkiozis and his family with Barba-Giorgos from Roumeli

Omorfonios (the pretty boy) left, Karagkiozis, right Dionysius from Zakynthos (Zante)

Karagkiozis with Kolokotronis

Alexander the Great with the serpent and Karagkiozis

, http://www.karagkiozis.com/flash.htm (A flash introduction) , more info see http://www.karagkiozis.com


Giannis (or Yiannis) Soldatos, Istoria tou Ellinikou Kinimatografou Aigokeros publications (six-volume History of Greek Cinema )

Fountoulakis K, Kogiopoulos K, Nimatoudis I, Iacovides A, Nikolaou T, Ierodiakonou C., The concept of mental disorder in Greek cinema., Acta Psychiatr Scand. 1998 Oct; 98(4):336-40.

Τα πρώτα βήματα του ελληνικού κινηματογράφου

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Films in Greece

James Bond, 'For Your Eyes Only', in Corfu and Meteora

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