Top 10 international films shot in Greece

Boy on a dolphinThe place of the stars is in the sky and they are there to inspire the imagination and the romanticism… But when the “stars” decide to come to Greece, they unleash a frantic explosion among the cinephile public. From Sophia Loren on the movie “Boy on a Dolphin” to Meryl Streep and “Mamma Mia”, the legends of American and European studios have shone the spotlight of glory on Greece, the country that gave birth to civilization.
Boy on a Dolphin (1957)
Boy on a dolphin
Boy on a dolphin posterIn 1957, 20e Century Fox has brought moviegoers around the world a breathtaking new world of charming excitement transporting them to the land of the “golden gods” Greece through an adventurous love story. The film “Boy on a Dolphin”, produced by Samuel G. Engel and directed by Jean Negulesco effortlessly delivered the power of Greek beauty to the world, laying out plans for the Greek Saronic Islands including Hydra, Athens, Rhodes, Delos and Meteora.
Ground: A Greek diver (Phaedra) finds a precious ancient statue, depicting a boy on a dolphin, at the bottom of the Aegean Sea in the island of Hydra plunging it into the plot in a fabulous classic film starring Alan Ladd, Clifton Webb and the more exotic star Sophia Loren.
Never on Sunday (1960)
Never on sunday

Never on Sunday poster“Jamais le dimanche” (1960) is a romantic black and white comedy, starring Melina Mercouri and Jules Dassin. American expatriate Jules Dassin’s original idea fueled by several Greek elements, such as dance, music and language, awarded Greek composer Manos Hadjidakis the Oscar for Best Song and Greek actress Mercouri the Best Actress Award at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival.
Ground: American tourist and ancient Greek culture enthusiast Homer Thrace (Jules Dassin), from Middletown, Connecticut, meets free-spirited prostitute Ilya (Melina Mercouri) living in the port of Piraeus in Greece. In love with Ilya’s personality and believing that she is a prime example of contemporary Greek decadence, Homer decides to change his accommodating ways.
Phèdre (1962)
PhaedrusPhaedrusAfter the worldwide success of the film “Jamais le dimanche”, Jules Dassin accepts to direct the fabulous allegorical tale of the Greek writer Margarita Limberaki with Raf Vallone, Anthony Perkins and Melina Mercouri in the main roles. The well-to-do society of shipowners and their families has entered the epicenter of the successful melodrama “Phaedra” which takes curious moviegoers on a journey to the ancient tragedy of Euripides “Hippolyte” under the musical tones of the Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis . The film is set primarily on the Greek island of Hydra, as well as in London and Paris.
Ground: Thanos is a powerful Greek shipping tycoon who decides to offer to marry the young and fiery Phaedrus. After leaving the University of Economics in London to realize his dream as a painter, his eldest son Alexis meets his stepmother and he falls in love with her. Their doomed affair will lead the whole family to tragedy.

The 300 Spartans (1962)

The 300 Spartans
The 300 Spartans
The colorful 1962 CinemaScope action film “The 300 Spartans”, set in the village of Perachora in the Peloponnese, was a successful throwback to the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC. David Farrar as Persian King Xerxes, Diane Baker as Ellas and Barry Coe as Phylon, the film reminded people around the world of the real heroism of those who stood up and ultimately are dead helping to shape the course of Western civilization.
Ground: The true story of 300 Spartans who, under the leadership of King Leonidas, attempted to repel a Persian army of around 250,000 soldiers led by the evil King Xerxes.
Zorba the Greek (1964)Zorba the Greek
Zorba the Greek posterThe 1964 Anglo-Greek drama film “Zorba The Greek”, directed by Cypriot Michael Cacoyannis, was primarily based on the homonymous novel by Nikos Kazantzakis. The vigorous personality of the peasant Zorba has been scrupulously revealed through numerous eye-catching scenes from the beautiful Greek island of Crete. With Alan Bates, Anthony Quinn, Irene Papas and Lila Kedrova in the lead roles, the film won Oscars for actress Lila Kedrova, cinematographer Walter Lassally and art director Vassilis Photopoulos.
Ground: English writer Basil arrives in Crete to inspect his father’s abandoned mine and realign his personal values ​​when he meets Zorba who draws him on a journey to his blazing world. In Crete, Basil is introduced to a young widow and he is attracted to her. For her part, Zorba feels affection for the woman who runs their hotel. These two totally different men will know how to face the most trying circumstances.
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (2001)
Captain Corelli's Mandolin
Captain Corelli Mandolin PosterSet in the midst of the Italian occupation of Greece during WWII, the 2001 epic tale, “The Mandolin of Captain Corelli”, directed by John Madden, was based on the 1994 novel by Louis de Bernières. The bucolic beauty of the Greek Ionian island of Kefalonia has become the unforgettable setting for a heartwarming love affair with Hollywood stars Nicolas Cage and Penélope Cruz in the lead roles.
Ground: The Greek-speaking officer, Captain Antonio Corelli, falls in love with the volunteer daughter of the village doctor, Pelagia, and he begins to question his own stance against war and its brutality.
Mom Mia! (2008)
Mom mia
Mamma Mia PosterThe hit musical “Mamma Mia! was transferred to the big screen in 2008 with Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan and produced by Littlestar and Playtone by Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson. Phyllida Lloyd’s film plunged head-first into the vast Aegean waters, inviting film-lovers to take a journey under the Greek sun of the Sporades to the musical tones of Swedish pop group ABBA.
Ground: Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), a spirited young woman, is preparing for her wedding in Greece. Her dream is to be escorted down the aisle on the day of her application by her real father. Because of this, she secretly issues wedding invitations to three different men from her mother’s past. And the events take another turn …
My Life in Ruins (2009)
My life in ruins
My life in ruins poster“My Life in Ruins” (2009) was an American film shot in Greece that successfully delivered breathtaking images of the country to the world. In this film, directed by Donald Petrie and produced by Tom Hanks, famous Greek-American actress Nia Vardalos, starring Alexis Georgoulis and Richard Dreyfuss drew audiences on a magnificent journey to the Acropolis and Delphi, as well as to others. archaeological sites around Greece and Spain.
Ground: What could a Greek-American travel guide visiting Greece have in common with an unsuitable and snobbish group of American tourists? They will finally manage to find their lost “kefi” after opening their eyes to life’s most unexpected surprises while traveling in an old dilapidated bus.
Lost Arcadia (2010)
Lost Arcadia
Lost ArcadiaThe American drama film “Arcadia Lost” (2010), directed by Phedon Papamichael, was a great opportunity for a visual adventure in a Greece totally different from the stereotypical summer vacation on the islands. In a way, the country represented the endless possibilities of life, both positive and negative. This international film was shot entirely in Greece, more precisely in the mountains of Arcadia and the coast of the Peloponnese.
Ground: “Arcadia Lost” tells the story of two American teenagers in the Peloponnese, Greece. Charlotte (Haley Bennett), 16, and her half-brother Sye (Carter Jenkins), 15, are spending their summer vacation in the countryside when their parents lose control of their car and fall overboard. walking the dusty roads and breathtaking vistas of rural Greece, they meet ex-patriot Benerji (Nick Nolte), an American adventurer who takes them on a journey into the mystical waters on the sacred flanks of Mount Parnassus helping them to discover a world they didn’t even know existed.
Before midnight (2013)

Before midnight

Before Midnight PosterThe 2013 American romantic drama film, “Before Midnight,” being the sequel to “Before Sunrise” (1995) and Before Sunset (2004), received wide recognition and was even nominated for an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. Director Richard Linklater sharing screenplay credit with actors Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy who are also the main characters in the story delivered a wonderful message to their audiences, that of the ideal of imperfection that can lead to perfection. unexpected in certain circumstances.
Ground: A blissful family vacation on the Greek Peloponnese Peninsula is drawing to a close. A Wonderful Love Story uses beautiful Greece as a romantic setting to be reintroduced to its fans. The first scene opens at an airport, where Jesse (Ethan Hawke) says goodbye to his teenage son, Hank, while Celine (Julie Delpy) and the twins wait for him in the parking lot.

Darcy J. Skinner

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