GREECE & MACEDONIA

 

GREEK CITY STATES

Mycenaean Period (1600 BC to about 1100 BC)  Mycenae when Mycenae dominated much of southern Greece

Crete:

X  Minotaur, the Wild Beast of Crete (1960) – Italian film legendary exploits of supposed Athens founder Theseus in Minoan Crete. c. 1,500 BC.

X  Minotaur (2006) – loosely based on the legend of Theseus (set in the iron age instead of the bronze, c. 1,500 BC)

Fight against Troy:

Helen of Troy (2003)  -- Troy falls to the Greeks (with Sienna Guillory)

Helen of Troy (1956) --  with Rossana Podesta

La guerra di Troia (The Trojan Horse (1961)   --  stars Steve Reeves and Edy Vessel

The Trojan Women (2004)  --  with Shelley Delayne

The Trojan Women (1971)  --  grieving women after fall of Troy (with Irene Papas)

Troy  (2004)  --  Troy VII (1275-1240 B.C.) with Diane Kruger

X Troy (2004)  --  starring Brad Pitt

The Odyssey (1977)

The Odyssey (1997)  TV miniseries   --  based on the return voyage of the Greeks from Troy

Ulysses (1954)

Persian-Greek Wars:

Giant of Marathon (1959) – actor Steve Reeves as Phillipides in the Battle of Marathon (490 BC)

300 (2006)  --  Spartan King Leonidas and a force of 300 Spartans fight the Persians (under King Xerxes) at Thermopylae in 480 B.C.

The 300 Spartans (1962) -- Greeks stand against the Persians at Thermopylae

Golden Age of Greece (Age of Pericles)  (448 to 429 BC):

Socrates (1970)  TV  --  last days of Socrates, a philosopher who was a social gadfly in Athens

Barefoot in Athens (1966)  TV  --  Socrates

Battles between Athens, Sparta and Thebes:

Seven from Thebes (1964)  --  a group of Thebans fight to rid Thebes from the control of Sparta,, 382-379 BC

Alexander the Great (336 to 323 BC):

Alexander the Great (1968) --   the great Macedonian empire builder (with William Shatner); made for TV

Alexander the Great (1956) --  with Richard Burton

Alexander the Great (2004)  --  with Colin Farrell

Sikander (Alexander the Great) (1941)  --  Alexander the Great's conquests in North-Western India. 326-225 BC (in Urdu language)

Il colosso di Rodi (The Colossus of Rhodes) (1961) – 280 BC a Greek military hero joins a group of rebels to overthrow the tyrannical King Serse on Rhodes

 

I megali stigmi tou '21: Papaflessas (1971) – the Greek revolution against the Turks (1821)

Manto Mavrogenous (1971) – she (1796 - July 1848) was a heroine of the Greek War of Independence(1821-1829)

 

 

PRE-WORLD WAR II GREECE:

To homa vaftike kokkino (aka Blood on the Land) (1966) --  hard life of poor Greek land workers in Thessalia at beginning of 20th century; and Marinos Antypas, socialist critic assassinated

Dust (2001)  --  at the turn of the 20th century, one brother fights for the Ottoman sultan and the other is a Macedonian rebel

Before the Rain (1994)  --  in Macedonia interwoven tales against a backdrop of ethnic hatred

Eleftherios Venizelos (1980)  --  famed Greek politician of the 1909-1920 period

Meteor and Shadow (1985)   --  poet Napoleon Lapathiotis and his shocking lifestyle

Trilogia I: To Livadi pou dakryzei (The Weeping Meadow) (2004)  --  roughly spans the period from the end of World War I to post World War II, 1919-1949

Meres tou '36 (Days of 1936) (1972)  – drama with background the 4th of August Regime, a military dictatorship under General Ioannis Metaxas that ruled Greece from 1936 to 1941 (currently unavailable)

 Rembetiko (1983)  --  40 years of the life of Greek popular singer Marika Ninou (1922-1957) covers a great deal of Greek history

 

 

POST-WORLD WAR II GREECE

O thiasos (The Traveling Players) (1975) –   some traveling actors recount the terrible events that happened in Greece, 1939 to just before 1952  ($64.99)

Eleni (1985)  --  a grown-up Greek-American son searches for the executioner of his Greek mother in the Greek Civil War

Petrina Chronia (Stone Years) (1985)  --   1954-1974; a couple is separated by the Greek Civil War

Politiki Kouzina (A Touch of Spice) (2003)  --  unrequited love for a young Greek-Turkish boy who has to leave his love when his family is deported from Turkey back to Greece

Z (1969) -- 1963 killing of the Greek liberal politician Gregorios Lambrakise

I Dokimi (The Rehearsal) (1974)  --  indictment of the Greek military junta (1967-1974)

Haromeni Imera (Happy Day) (1976)  --  the story of the director’s exile to an island by the Greek military dictatorship

Telos Epochis (End of an Era) (1995)  --  1969-1970 Greece as seen through the eyes of a group of high school seniors

O anthropos me to garyfallo (1980) – Greece between 1949-1974

Ap’to Hioni (From the Snow) (1993)  --  1990 Greece as seen through the eyes of travelers heading from Corfu to Athens

Ouloi emeis, efenti (All of us, Efendi) (1998) – civil war in Greece

To Vlemma tou Odyssea (Ulysses' Gaze) (1995)  --  in search of lost film reels, a Greek-American director travels across the Balkans, ending up in bomb destroyed Sarajevo

Before the Rain (1994)   -- ethnic conflict in Macedonia

Kako ubiv svetec (How I Killed a Saint)  (2004)--  2001 ethnic conflict in Macedonia involving the country's Albanian minority seen through the eyes of two siblings with opposing views

Golebama Voda (The Great Water) (2004)   --   elderly Macedonian politician has heart attack & has flashbacks of his youth: orphaned by WWII, in the orphanage he went through "reprogramming" to be pro-communist; rebellious, he busts a statue of Stalin & is punished

Jas sum od Titov Veles (I am from Titov Veles) (2007)  --  portrait of post-communist Macedonia in which three sisters try to escape from their dying community

 

 

 

 

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