The Greek Film Archive successfully continues its online screenings, within the framework of the program "The Film Archive at Home", from April 23 to May. Her new program includes a representative selection of films by post-war cinema for the first time online, through its new digital room. Among them the Dragon, the Magic City and the River of Nikos Koundouros. In total, six fiction films and three documentaries will be screened.
These are some rare films from the collection of the Film Library, which have not been shown often but also others that, although quite popular, continue to be important milestones in the history of Greek cinema.
Each movie will make its online premiere on a specific day and time in the updated one page of the Film Archive and will be available for three 24 hours online. Then it will be her turn next.
The selection of films gives representative samples of the period of development of Greek studios (Anzervos, Finos Film) in the first post-war period, the appearance of a first generation of directors / creators with the typical case of Nikos Koundouros, the appearance of the first Greek director who took part in International Festival, of the great representative of the documentary - who studied next to Henri Lagloa - Lambros Liaropolos.
From the period of dictatorship and the post-colonial period, an important film by George Stampoulopoulos is presented, which had significant problems with censorship and was distinguished in foreign festivals, and since the post-colonial period, the two documentaries by the important writer, director and great supporter of the Costa Library, Kostas.
After the completion of the tribute to the silent and early talking cinema, with films that the Greek Film Archive has restored and digitized, a series of landmark films in the post-war Greek cinema take place, which extend from the 40s to the years of dictatorship. , the coup, and the late '80s.
These are six fiction films that include some of the most famous films of Nikos Koundouros, but also important works by Lila Kourkoulakou and George Stampoulopoulos. The opening will be with the historical Anna Roditi of Giannis Filippou and Michalis Gaziadis that was restored by the Greek Film Archive, while three documentaries signed by Lambros Liaropoulos and Costas Vrettakos will be screened.
The films that will be screened between April 23 and May 14 are the following:
Thursday, April 23: ANNA RODITI (Giannis Filippou, Michalis Gaziadis, 1948)
Romantic and adventurous film set during the Occupation in Rhodes. One of the first post-war Greek film productions, which marks the establishment of the first Greek studios, and first production of Anzervos, the most important production company after Finos Film. It was shot in natural locations, and for the most part in Rhodes, on the subject of the resistance of the Greek people against the German and Italian occupiers. The film features some of the most important actors of cinema and theater of the time (Kaiti Panou, Lambros Konstantaras, Giannis Prineas).
Sunday, April 26: TO POTAMI (Nikos Koundouros, 1959)
A modular film studying the concept of borders and freedom. Nikos Koundouros collaborated with Iakovos Kampanellis, Antonis Samarakis and Notis Pergialis. With an amazing photo by Giovanni Variano, Koundouros manages to extract the aesthetic result that his artistic look was looking for. The first film that was recognized in court by the director the ability to protect his own version of editing (director's cut).
Wednesday, April 29: OPEN LETTER (George Stampoulopoulos, 1967)
Awakening of a young man with a catalyst a conscious and charming teacher. Filmed during the dictatorship and censored by the regime, the film by George Stampoulopoulos tells the story of a young petty bourgeois, born during the Occupation and prepared by the social conditions to be "comfortable". The young man tries not to react and not to think, looking for some escape in various loves, until he meets a conscious young teacher.
Saturday, May 2: LETTER FROM CHARLEROUA (Lambros Liaropoulos, 1965)
The frustrated hunger of a Greek worker in the coal mines of Belgium. Lambros Liaropoulos, in his documentary, outlines the battle of the Greek immigrant miners. Ten years after the first migratory mission of Greek workers to the Belgian coal mines, the director sees from a particular personal point of view the position and problems of these workers in a European country that, in terms of material goods, offers them everything except possibility of returning to their homeland.
and THE DRAGON (Nikos Koundouros, 1956)
A gang is looking for a leader and believes in a bastard, who is caught in the trap of false power. With this film, written by Iakovos Kampanellis and music by Manos Hadjidakis, Nikos Koundouros brings to Greece the "creator's cinema", outside the dominant logic of commercial production. The film, with the parable of the idle servant impersonating the bigot (Dinos Iliopoulos), articulates a critical position in the post-war oppressive consensus. Today it is considered one of the most important films of Greek cinema.
Tuesday, May 5: THE MATTRESS OF DESTRUCTION (Kostas Vrettakos, 1980)
An excavation and revelation becomes the only presumption for the ancient Gallipoli that sinks in the waters of Mornos. Costas Vrettakos, takes the genre of archaeological documentary to the next level, recording with his lens the excavation for the discovery of Gallipoli and at the same time the sinking of the ancient city from the waters of the artificial lake of Mornusta in the late 70's. The need for water supply of Athens becomes the layer of disaster…
and THE RESCUE OF THE MONUMENT (Costas Vrettakos, 1987)
The chronicle of the rescue and maintenance between 1973-86, recording of the project on the rock of the Acropolis. The chronicle of the maintenance work carried out on the rock of the Acropolis, from 1973 to 1986. The documentary captures the slow pace of work and the changes that take place gradually, as well as the agony of scientists and technical staff in the face of its great responsibility project.
Friday, May 8: THE ISLAND OF SILENCE (Lila Kourkoulakou, 1958)
A brave look at the confinement of lepers in Spinalonga. Lila Kourkoulakou, the first female fiction director to participate in an international film festival (Venice), makes her debut with a fiction film about the life of lepers, with filming in Spinalonga itself, which at the time still operated as a leper farm. In her film, with neo-realist and documentary elements, she narrates the struggle of a couple of young doctors to deal with leprosy on the island. The filmmaker even became an occasion to close the leprosarium.
Monday, May 11: MAGIC CITY (Nikos Koundouros, 1954)
Poverty and solidarity in a slum that opposes the blackmail of the powerful of the underworld.
It is considered the first neo-realist film in Greek cinema and is the director's cinematic debut. Nikos Koundouros, excited by the screenplay by Margarita Lymperaki, focuses on the refugee slum with the crushed dreams of Hellenism in Asia Minor. On the other hand, not the rich but a substitute for them, a cheap reflection of a preconceived happiness: the magical city…
Start Time: 8 p.m. - The movies will be available online for three 24 hours.
We remind you that on the website of the Film Archive there is already uploaded (and it will be accessible throughout the month) the short film THE WHEEL (1964) by Theodoros Adamopoulos, a movie-walk in Athens that we will especially enjoy today, in these difficult days of confinement. These are the adventures of a car tire in Attica. The wheel was unexpectedly disengaged, wandering around the city. Actors: Vangelis Kazan, Christos Tsagas, Dimitris Papanikolaou.
See the schedule of the movies here.