Movies Made In Greece

In the 2nd part about movies and all-things-Greek, we will take a trip down memory lane with films that WERE made in Greece. Interesting to note that films with a Greek director, a Greek cast, Greek music and filmed in Greece managed to walk away with some kind of film award.

Zorba The Greek (1964)

– Filmed in Crete
– Won 3 Oscars and nominations for numerous other awards
– Director: Michael Kakoyiannis
– Starring: Anthony Quinn, Alan Bates, Irene Pappas, Sotiris Moustakas, Yiorgos Voyagis, Yiorgos Fountas
– Music: Mikis Theodorakis

Never On Sunday (1960)

– Filmed in Piraeus, Greece
– Cannes Award for Best Actress: Melina Mercouri
– Oscar for Best Music, Original Song: Manos Hatzidakis “Ta Paidia tou Peiraia”
Oscar Nominations
– Best Actress in a Leading Role: Melina Mercouri
– Best Costume Design, Black-and-White: Theoni V. Aldredge
– Best Director: Jules Dassin
– Best Writing, Story and Screenplay: Jules Dassin

PART 1 » This Movie ain’t Greek

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18 Comments Add yours

  1. rimassolosailingaroundtheworldm says:

    Thank you for sharing.

    1. joanna says:

      you’re welcome :)

  2. Awwww the classics….! :)

  3. Some of those classics helped me through a few weeks on a Greek island in mid-winter … snowy, rainy, the wind called down from Zeus himself … they helped me a GREAt deal in furthering my greek language education! Have you seen a film called Small Crime? I think it was released just a few years ago … filmed in Greece, in Greek w/ subtitles. We can’t watch it here because we don’t have proper DVD format, but a friend said that it is delightful!

    1. Oh! There’s also the film ‘High Season’ w/ Jaqueline Bisset and a young Kenneth Brannaugh – and Irene Papas. A beautiful movie about a photographer who lives on a Greek isle (Lindos?) with her pre-teen daughter, a great lover of Greece. Poignant and humorous follies with a sweetly snarky view of the rush of summer’s tourists embedded in their midst. Made in Greece … starring (some) Greeks!

      1. joanna says:

        Hmm, not sure about this one, have to look it up when I have a chance, thanks Eleanore :)

    2. joanna says:

      They give irrelevant titles sometimes (in English) – I need the title in Greek to tell you if I know it :)

  4. Μικρο εγχλιμα

    1. joanna says:

      “Μικρά Εγκλήματα” perhaps? I know it but haven’t seen it

    2. High Season, like Mama Mia, was a foreign film. High Season British. They don’t have Greek titles … I hope you find it. Really a lovely film.

      1. joanna says:

        finally the title is «Μικρό έγκλημα», Here is a Youtube link – is this the one? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYH-u2rzMLg

  5. yes, that is the title I mentioned in Greek above … that is the one!

    1. joanna says:

      :) The very BEST AMAZING FILMS which were Greek productions are these: 1) A Touch of Spice ( Politiki kouzina) 2) “Nyfes” (Brides) (in that order)

    2. joanna says:

      these are modern productions, not old ones like Zorbas

  6. Lexa S. says:

    Oh, I watched ‘Never On Sunday’ like 30 times! I love that movie and was really hooked on it. It’s so beautiful and deep, Melina was just amazing in it!

    1. joanna says:

      Melina is wonderful. When she died a few years ago it was a very sad day. I cried like a baby. Melina was the Greece we all wished we were. Did you know she started the movement, when she was Minister of Culture, to have the Parthenon Marbles returned to Greece ? (They were looted by Lord Elgin and are on show in the British Museum).

      1. Lexa S. says:

        I didn’t know she started that movement but it was definitely nobel of her! I don’t know much about her but it seems to me she was indeed an amazing woman from an amazing place with such grace, beauty and freedom!

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