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What are your favorite fiction or non-fiction Greece Movies?

I started a string about books that had some great advise. I liked the idea from xaroula to start a new string about movies, I will do that this morning. I think the only movies that I really know with a Greek theme or feel. Are Zorba the Greek, the ole Ullyses with Kirk Douglas, Shirley Valentine, Mama Mia, Clash of the Titans (both old and new), Jason and the Argonauts, Captain M's Violin, the Moon Spinners with Hayley Mills (she was hot when I was a pup) :<) Dates me!

Obviously, I am lacking some films in my experience, so please help!

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1. Re: What are your favorite fiction or non-fiction Greece Movies?

There is a list of movies either about or filmed in Greece at the link below, along with some trailers for a number of them.

http://tinyurl.com/grkmovies

The list includes a number of films by the director Michael Cacoyannis, who is actually a Cypriot director. His films include his most famous film, Alexis Zorba, that was apparently the original title, though most of us know it as Zorba the Greek, and a number of films that really give one an insite into (then, meaning the 50's-60's when they were made) contemporary Greek life: Stella, A Matter of Dignity (Greek title, The Last Lie), A Girl in Black ... along with more classic Greek storylines like The Trojan Women, Electra & Iphigenia.

If you have an interest in film and are visiting Athens, the Cacoyannis Foundation has a new film center on Pireos Street and they recently screened a somewhat "forgotten" Cacoyannis film called the Wastrel (they are showing it again May 21 - 22 - 23 - if you want to go you should order tickets online in advance because they will sell out.

There is a fun photo exhibit for film buffs, with lots of shots from his long career, as well as costumes from several productions.

The building also hosts film festivals on other subjects and has a live performance space, plus a rooftop cafe/bar/restaurant with a slice of an Acropolis View (which is appropriate since Cacoyannis designed the lighting we see today on the Acropolis.

The Foundation has a website:

http://www.mcf.gr

Komotini, Greece
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2. Re: What are your favorite fiction or non-fiction Greece Movies?

GVRGirl covered a lot of the English-language ones, so I'll contribute some Greek films that I like (some are classics, some are just fun) - all have English subtitles on the DVD.

The Four Seasons of the Law / Η εαρινή σύναξη των αγροφυλάκων

Peppermint

Feminine Company / Θηλική εταιρεία

Braziliero

Difficult Goodbyes: My Father / Δύσκολοι Αποχαιρετισμοι: ο μπαμπάς μου

The King / Ο Βασιλιάς

El Greco

A Touch of Spice / Πολίτικη Κουζίνα

Ιs God a Cook? / Είναι ο Θεός μάγειρας;

Brides / Νύφες

Balkanizateur / Βαλκανιζατέρ

Iphigeneia / Ιφιγένεια

Electra / Ηλέκτρα

Wake up, Vasilis / Ξύπνα Βασίλη

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3. Re: What are your favorite fiction or non-fiction Greece Movies?

Yes, I strongly recommend the

A Touch of Spice / Πολίτικη Κουζίνα

Absolutely fantastic,although I think some meanings are not easy to be translated in English from Greek. So I am not sure how it may feels to an English speaking person. Knowing a bit of history is helpfull too..,

Anyway it is a very beautiful and "cinefil" movie...

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4. Re: What are your favorite fiction or non-fiction Greece Movies?

Some old classics I am not sure if are availiable but worth checking out:

Never On Sunday

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5. Re: What are your favorite fiction or non-fiction Greece Movies?

Mediterraneo get my vote...I know its Italian but I love Kastellorizo's scenery

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6. Re: What are your favorite fiction or non-fiction Greece Movies?

One we love, a bit dated now is "Shirley Valentine". So funny and true to life.

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7. Re: What are your favorite fiction or non-fiction Greece Movies?

For silly modern films, there's Nia Vardalos' "My Life In Ruins". Beautiful scenery of Delphi.

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8. Re: What are your favorite fiction or non-fiction Greece Movies?

For fabulous views of Santorini, Delos (and other islands) - but a truly bad script:

Summer Lovers.

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9. Re: What are your favorite fiction or non-fiction Greece Movies?

I've never seen Mediterraneo, but I went to the annual book sale at the Gennadius Library in Kolonaki today and got it together with another DVD and 10 books I'd never have been able to get anywhere else for only €8! So I'm going to see that movie soon :)

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10. Re: What are your favorite fiction or non-fiction Greece Movies?

Xaroula you will enjoy it...I hope!