Films across borders: Indian films in Greece in the 1950s and 1960s

Dimitris Eleftheriotis

in Cinematic Journeys

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780748633128
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651269 | DOI:
Films across borders: Indian films in Greece in the 1950s and 1960s

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In terms of historiography, the popularity of Indian films in Greece in the 1950s and 1960s offers an interesting challenge to such assumptions. It represents an aberration, a cultural flow that escapes the radar of conventional histories. It also presents a clear threat to models of Greek national cinema and points towards a profound discursive anxiety around Greece's European identity. In the 1950s and 1960s, many films from India were imported and screened in a variety of theatres ranging from small neighbourhood operations to large city centre cinemas, encompassing both open-air and conventional venues. This chapter ‘tells the story’ of the Indian cinematic presence in Greece, examines the popularity and success of the films, looks at the ways in which the ‘crossing borders’ of the films changes them, and speculates about the causes of the persistent critical reticence surrounding this remarkable cultural exchange. In order to identify the factors that enabled and sustained the popularity of Indian cinema in Greece, the chapter turns to the work of scholars such as Ravi Vasudevan, Rosie Thomas and Lalitha Gopalan.

Keywords: India; cinema; Greece; crossing borders; cultural exchange; Ravi Vasudevan; Rosie Thomas; Lalitha Gopalan

Chapter.  7064 words. 

Subjects: Film

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