The unique Greek landscape is in itself the ideal backdrop for cinematic productions with varied content. Greece, of course, is identified abroad with the sun, the sea, the Greek lifestyle, the excitement, the good food and the hospitality of the locals. All the above refer to the Greek islands, which since the 60’s have begun to be used as a space in which important international cinema films have evolved, which owe their authenticity, success, and recognition to the Mediterranean landscapes. These films contributed significantly to the acquaintance of Greek islands by foreign visitors and to the creation of the Greek mythical summer that never ends.
The most important and most famous of these films are the following:
“BOY ON A DOLPHIN”,(1957)
“Boy on a dolphin” was the first film of international production ever shot in Greece specifically in Hydra, starring Sofia Lauren, Alan Ladd and Clifton Webb. The film was a landmark for the island which after the film made it a land of attraction for thousands of tourists and especially a place of holiday and residence of artists and intellectuals of that period. The cinematographic scene where Sofia Lauren sings the song “What is Love” is one of the highlights of the movie.
“BIG BLUE” AMORGOS BY LUC BESSON (1988)
The title conveys all the feel of the film and the sense of the island of Amorgos. Wonderful underwater shots that create a magical image that glorifies the Mediterranean and the importance of true friendship.
Luc Besson with these features created a monumental, mysterious movie for all time. The beach of “Agia Anna” in Amorgos will be for the whole world after this movie the blue summer we will always recover.
Italian film honored with an Oscar-winning film. The entire film is filmed in Kastelorizo, a landscape that is actively involved in the film’s affair and atmosphere. The beauties of the island are masterfully presented and make up a unique setting for the film.
“CAPTAIN CORELLI’S MANDOLIN”,(2001)
In 2001, the island that has been honored by American cinema is Cephalonia. The case takes place during the Great War and finds on the island the most authentic scene that her director could dream of. Major actors in the main roles (Nicolas Cage and Penelope Cruz), beautiful natural landscapes ensured success and made the island of the Ionian known.
“ZORBA THE GREEK” (1964),
Zorbas The already well-known novel by N. Kazantzakis, which translated with great success into many foreign languages, became a well-known American film in 1964. The film unfolds in the village of Stavros, Chania. There, on a beach, we watch Anthony Quinn as Zorba dancing the Syrtaki in music by M. Theodorakis, which will become the most famous Greek music ever since. The Lady Kedrova Oscar also belongs to the parchments of the podium. After the film, the name Zorbas will represent anything Greek and will become the symbol of the completely unaltered spirit. Outstanding and the interpretation of Alan Bates, who is the hero on the opposite side of Zorba.