Greek Cinema’s Past and Present: Historiographical Perspectives Beyond the ‘Weird Wave’

This presentation will survey the way scholars (both Greek and international) have traced the history of Greek cinema during the past half century. It will trace broad historiographical trends both in accordance with and counter to the ways other national cinemas (in the periphery of Europe) have been viewed as part of international art cinema. The three broad post-WWII periods of Greek cinema (1945-197, 1974-2000, 2000-present) will be illustrated with representative films and directors as well as through the work of historians like Aglaia Mitropoulou, Vrasidas Karalis and Giannis Soldatos. This discussion will also place Tassos Boulmetis’ most recent film 1968 (2018) in context both within Greek history (early years of the military junta) and within the first major generation of Greek filmmakers whose work received international exposure.


Dimitrios Latsis is Assistant Professor of Film Studies at the School of Image Arts of Ryerson University in Toronto where he teaches in the Film Studies and Film + Photography Preservation and Collection Management programs. He received his PhD in Film Studies from the University of Iowa and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Visual Data Curation at the Internet Archive where he served as film archivist. His work has been funded by the Smithsonian Institution, CLIR and the Mellon Foundation among others. He has published widely in the fields of American Visual Culture, historiography and theory and cinema and archival studies. He is currently co-editing an anthology on documentaries about the visual arts in the 1950s and 60s, and writing a monograph the historiography of American cinema during the early and silent years.