Greek Films

 

DVDs in Modern Greek


Electra
Director: Michael Cacoyannis
2002 (1962)
Desolation and despair reign supreme in the kingdom of Mycenae. The great Agamemnon has been brutally murdered; his son Orestes has fled and his daughter Electra has been imprisoned within the walls of the castle. All hope seems lost until the sacred oracle speaks and replaces Electra’s broken spirit with an unquenchable desire for justice and bloody vengeance. 113 min.
Call number: DVD elec

A Girl in Black / To koritsi me ta Mavra
Director: Michael Cacoyannis
2000 (1956)
A talented but unsuccessful writer visits the sun-drenched island of Hydra for a short holiday and takes up residence in the large, neglected house of an impoverished widow. On the day of his arrival, the woman and her family are publicly disgraced when she is caught in the arms of a lover. The bitter persecution that follows arouses the sympathy and concern of the young writer who falls in love with the widow’s timid daughter Marina. But bitter feuds and rivalries stand in the way of their happiness together, and the couple finds themselves the targets of local hostility. 101 min., b&w.
Call number: DVD girl

Eternity and a Day
Director: Theodoros Angelopoulos
2006 (1988)
A famous writer is told he has only a few days to live. He meets a young boy on the street, an illegal immigrant from Albania, and decides to take him back home. During the trip, the writer hopes to learn about life and death. Greek dialogue, with optional English subtitles. 130 min.
Call number: DVD eter

Iphigenia
Director: Michael Cacoyannis
2007 (1977)
Commander Agamemnon stands ready to launch his infamous thousand ships to retrieve the beautiful Helen of Troy. As the wind refuses to blow, a priest condemns him for sacrilege, and the powerful general is pressured to sacrific his daughter to save the states. Threatened and tormented, Agamemnon is faced with sending his child like a lamb to the slaugher and betraying his wife. 129 min.
Call number: DVD iphi

A Matter of Dignity / To Teleutaio Psemma
Director: Michael Cacoyannis
2000 (1957)
A girl from a wealthy family on the verge of bankruptcy is forced to marry a boring Greek-American millionaire whom she fundamentally despises. 101 min., b&w.
Call number: DVD matt

Medea
Director: Pasolini, Pier Paolo
2007 (1969)
Based on the Greek classic by Euripides, Pasolini’s Medea tells the tale of Jason, the leader of the invincible army of the Argonauts, and his quest for the Golden Fleece. Maria Callas stars as Medea in her only film. In Italian with Spanish subtitles, 118 min.
Call number: DVD mede

Stella
Director: Michael Cacoyannis
2000 (1955)
Stella, in an effort to liberate herself from traditional Greek society, embarks on a series of passionate love affairs that end in tragedy. Based on the play “Stella With the Red Gloves” by Iakovos Kambanellis. 95 min., b&w.
Call number: DVD stel


VHS Tapes in Modern Greek


Lysistrata
1987
Film retelling of Lysistrata who convinced the women they could prevent war by withholding sexual favors from their husbands. 97 min.
Call number: VHS PN 1997 .L94

Ulysses’ Gaze / To Vlemma tou Odyssea
Director: Theo Angelopoulos
1995
In Greek and English.
Call number: VHS PN 1997 .V53

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Director: Costa-Gavras
1997 (1969)
A Greek pacifist leader is murdered at a rally. Despite the official police report of accidental death, a journalist’s persistant questioning leads to a full-scale investigation, revealing corruption in high places.
Call number: VHS PN 1997 .Z1S

 

DVD’s in English with Greek Cultural Content


My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Director: Joel Zwick
2003 (2002)
Toula is a quiet, devoted daughter in a big, crazy Greek family. Working in her father’s restaurant, she hides behind her family and keeps the world at a distance. One day at the restaurant she finds herself pouring coffee for a man who inspires her to change her life, and the way she sees the world … forever.
95 min.
Call number: DVD mybi

Storyteller: The Greek Myths
Directors: David Garfath, John Madden, Tony Smith, Paul Weiland.
2004
A storyteller in a labyrinth tells his dog the stories of Perseus and Medusa, Icarus and Daedalus, Theseus and the Minotaur, and Orpheus and Euridyce. 95 min.
Call number: DVD stor

Zorba the Greek
Director: Michael Cacoyannis
2004 (1964)
When he hires an eccentric stranger named Zorba to work in a mine he has inherited on Crete, Basil, a timid English writer, finds himself drawn into a world far more exciting and dangerous than any he has known. b&w. Modern.
Call number: DVD zorb


VHS Tapes in English with Greek Cultural Content


A Dream of Passion
Director: Jules Dassin
1987
A woman who, Medea-like, has killed her children is drawn into an eccentric relationship with an actress playing Medea on the stage.
Call number: VHS PN 1997 .D725 1987

Never on Sunday / Pote tin Kyriaki
Director: Jules Dassin
2000 (1960)
The Pygmalion-like story of a Greek prostitute and the American who decides to educate her in the hope that she will abandon her streetwalking. 94 min., b&w. Modern.
Call number: VHS PN 1997 .N484