Greece

Films. On the big screen.

Action

300 (2007)

Directed By Zack Snyder

Many reviewers and historians didn’t warm to this fictionalized retelling of the Battle of Thermopylae (480 BCE), but audiences rushed to see the comic book violence and stylish visuals.

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Comedy-Drama

A Touch of Spice (2003)

Directed By Tassos Boulmetis

Greek audiences, although not US reviewers, loved this food-themed “charmer” set against the backdrop of recent Greek-Turkish relations.

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Drama

Attenberg (2012)

Directed By Rachel Tsangari

Part of the so-called “new weird wave” of Greek cinema, Attenberg is an eccentric, poignant portrayal of a withdrawn young woman obsessed with nature documentaries. She decides it’s time to get in touch with the human species and her own sexuality.

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Romance

Mamma Mia! (2008)

Directed By Phyllida Lloyd

Critics had their doubts, but audiences flocked to this romantic comedy full of ABBA songs and glorious scenery from the Greek islands. However, New York Magazine rather unkindly complained that co-star Pierce Brosnan sang like a “water buffalo.”

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Comedy-Drama

Never on a Sunday (1960)

Directed By Jules Dassin

This mainly English-language romantic comedy is a cross between Pygmalion and Pretty Woman. It was a somewhat scandalous hit in 1960

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Drama

The Travelling Players (1976)

Directed By Theodoros Angelopoulos

A group of actors confront the effects that World War II and the resultant Greek Civil War had on their lives and their art. The Los Angeles Times called it “one of the major neglected masterpieces of our times.”

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Historical-Drama

Triumph of The Spirit (1989)

Directed By Robert Lorgia

The first movie to be filmed in Auschwitz, Triumph of the Spirit tells the true story of Salamo Arouch, who survived the camp through fighting and winning over 200 boxing matches held for the sadistic entertainment of camp guards.

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Action

Troy (2004)

Directed By Wolfgang Petersen

A buffed-up Brad Pitt (Achilles) leads the Greek invasion of Troy with the help of a wooden horse. Oliver Stone’s Alexander (2004) is another, albeit critically panned, example of the genre.

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Drama

Z (1969)

Directed By Costa-Gravas

A compelling drama about Greece’s repressive and often violent politics of the 1960s. Roger Ebert called it a “political cry of rage and a brilliant suspense thriller.” It was the first foreign-language film to be nominated for the Academy Award’s Best Picture.

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Drama

Zorba The Greek (1964)

Directed By Michael Cacoyannis

A box-office hit and the most famous movie about Greece and the “Greek soul.” Anthony Quinn drew kudos for his depiction of the lusty, life-affirming Zorba while the film also brought Greek music and dancing to an international audience.

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