4 Of The Best Greek Movies For Lovers of Greece
Learn more about Greek culture through movies!
Just like recipes passed down through generations, and a good history book that has many tales to tell, the Greek film industry has a long and rich past. The periods of war and political unrest during the mid 20th century left a distinctive mark on the themes explored through the movies.
Best Greek Movies To Watch
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Never on Sunday (1960)
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Touch of Spice – Politiki Kouzina (2003)
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I am not a historian, so feel free to do your own research on any and all of the below topics. My intent with this is to provide a necessary but objective background to the movie and to the two peoples. While this movie was a success in Greece and Turkey it failed to capture audiences from other countries, which may be due to this lack of context.
This may appear strange to those that know that Constantinople fell to the Ottoman Empire in 1453 and has never been under Greek control since. However, the fall of the Byzantine Empire and consequently Constantinople is marked as one of the darkest moments in Greek history and the Orthodox Church. It led to a period of more than 400 years of Ottoman occupation. Some believe that the fact that Greek culture survived the occupation is proof of the tolerance of the Ottoman empire towards other cultures. Others see it as proof of the perseverance and spirit of the Greek people.
The facts remain that this was an ugly and violent period. Independence came in 1821 and in the next hundred years Greece would attempt to reinstate a government with much internal disagreement; become the Kingdom of Greece; form a new stronger government and take part in the Balkan Wars against the Ottoman Empire.
The majority Greek Cypriot population of the island, still under British rule, continued to demand a union with Greece. Turkish resentment led to the Istanbul Pogrom of 1955 where our protagonist is placed in the movie. The riots, that are referred to as
Political tension has not seized since then. The Greek people that fled Turkey in the 1950s were initially not welcomed back. A lot of those people still identify as
Brides – Nyfes (2004)
- And here you have some of the best Greek movies we suggest you get started with. Any other movies you would recommend?
Rania grew up in Thessaloniki and after some years of travelling around the globe has now settled down in Auckland, New Zealand. When she’s not studying to complete her undergraduate degree she’s either reading, writing or exploring the outdoors.
She loves going on mini adventures, whether it is an impromptu road trip, exploring her local op shops and antique shops or going on multi-day hikes. She is interested in photography and strongly believes that feta should be consumed with every meal.
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