Two documentaries about the Golden era of Greek cinema entitled “Work Like Crazy” by Aggeliki Milonaki and “From the Courtyards to the Living Rooms” by Dionysia Arvanitou and Panayiotis Koundouras were presented during the weekend, February 15 and 16 in London’s Hellenic Center. Greek and Greek-Cypriots from the British capital attended the event, along with famous writer Victoria Hislop.
These documentaries, based on the same-title books by cinema historian, Aggeliki Milonaki, outline the history of cinema in postwar Greece and the urban character of Greek cinema.
“Work Like Crazy”
Greek movies from the 50’s and 60’s are gathered in order to describe the uncertainty and insecurity of the crisis.
Using scenes, quotes and characters that changed Greek cinema, the documentary, produced by the Northern Greece Entrepreneurs Cultural Society, reveals stereotypes, images and transformations of entrepreneurship in Greek society of the 1950’s and the 1960’s.
“From the Courtyards to the Living Rooms”
This documentary investigates the urban character of cinema in a period when Greek fiction films become the most popular mass medium in local society, as they contribute to creating symbolic images of the city and the home in postwar Greece of the 1950’s and the 1960’s.
The camera moves away from the old city of Athens focusing on the modern apartment,
“from the courtyards to the living rooms,” from the chaotic city of postwar reconstruction to the modern yet confined home in apartment buildings.