Nov 14, 2011

Greek Goddesses: 4.Irene Papas

Irene Papas is like the Doric* ideal incarnate: solid, austere lines, drama in attitude, fortitude in distress. Beauty in the face of tragedy. And in tragedies she played indeed, with great aplomb.

Irene Papas in Antigone, 1961

[*of the Dorians, but also of the doric column style aesthetics]

She has said: "I never wanted to play sensational parts, or those of desirable women. I wanted to play me... the independent fighter...".

Zorba the Greek, 1964, by Michael Cacoyannis. Based on a novel by Nikos Kazantzakis. Shot on the island of Crete, Greece.

Scenes from The Trojan Women in which Irene Papas plays Helen of Troy. Song Asma Asmaton/ Song of Songs lyrics set to music by Vangelis. 

Irene Papas in A ciascuno il suo

Irene Papas in Z by Kostas Gavras

Born as Irene Lelekou in 1926. She looks amazing for her age, with absolutely no "work" done.

photo taken a few years ago

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Nov 12, 2011

"Study of the Classics is the Foundation of Our Culture"

Clip from the 1994 film The Browning Version, a remake directed by Mike Figgis, starring Albert Finney as Andrew Crocker-Harris, an embittered and disliked teacher of Greek and Latin at a British public school, forced to retire on pretext of his health and unhappily married to a wife who is unfaithful to him and wounds him constantly.
In his despair he finds parallels between his plight and Agamemnon, the Greek king coming back from the Trojan War only to be murdered savagely by his wife Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus, as told in the tragic play Agamemnon by Aeschylus.

Nov 10, 2011

You're an Hellene...Rise!

"Εἶσ' Ἕλληνας; Τί προσκυνᾶς; Σηκώσου ἀπάνω! Ἐμεῖς καὶ στοὺς θεοὺς ὀρθοὶ μιλοῦμε..."
You're an Hellene [i.e.a Greek]. Why are you bowing down? Rise! We even talk to the Gods standing up...
The quote is attributed to Alexander the Great of Greek Macedon, talking to his soldiers, but also to Greek National Revolution hero Theodoros Kolokotronis. Showing a continuation of the same spirit.

Somehow subservience is the least Greek trait of them all. Even if it means there are consequences. Especially when there are consequences.

Bust of Alexander the Great from the British Museum, via wikimedia commons

Nov 5, 2011

Raining Pleasure: Greek Pop

Pop hit "Fake", popularised by a telecommunications company TV commercial.

Cover of Abba's classic Dancing Queen, scenes from 2004 Greek film "Hardcore" directed by Dennis Iliadis.

"Nostalgia" from the homonymous 1998 album.