The Greek cinema is one of the most important pieces of Modern
Greek culture despite of its short living span and the limited
amount of resources provided by the Greek cinematographic production.
Greek cinema gave birth to numerous masterpieces of the cinematographic
art and elected important directors, scriptwriters, directors
of photography, composers and remarkable actors. In cinemainfo.gr
we treat Greek cinema as a single entity and we do not make the
usual segregation of labeling the old cinema as commercial and
new cinema as qualitative. We consider this separation as a false
statement. If Greek cinema has to be separated into groups for
historical reasons, we can distinguish three different periods:
The Pre-war period. It includes the first attempts of creating
a local cinematographic production.
The Post-war period, which begins for the most part in the
end of the occupation of Greece with the film “Claps” by
And the Post-regime period, which began with the liberation
of the artistic forces following the dictatorship. We consider
brilliant film “Thiasos/ The Traveling Players” (1975)
by Theo Angelopoulos the starting point of this new era.
mentioning this third period already from 1965-67 but the
dictatorship taken place in the capital, Athens, held back
of a lot of the new up and coming filmmakers.
In our books, commercial and qualitative segregation does
not exist in the Greek cinema. Just like in all the rest
arts, there is good and bad art, the same he there is good
cinema, regardless which side the filmmakers place themselves