I cherish balanced accounts about the past of modern Greece. Peter Nestler is not a historian, he is a media archaelogist. Fragments of footage of Greek everyday life and political struggles pieced together in an attempt to recreate the past of troubled nation. From Greece tells a story about history. History belongs in the past, our memories and stories about history belong to us, the people.
I'd say this is a political statement rather than a documentary, and a very fragmented one... This fragmentation is present in all aspects: mostly random footage, some bits of historical events, dates, names, depiction of shocking and cruel war crimes - all this is mashed and squeezed into a nearly 30 minute long voice-over. History is so subjective, complex and easy to be manipulated, I find it scary...
Probably Nestler's most moving piece, this one goes for the gut and is a no holds barred account of Greek oppression. The end with Sotiris Petroulas' street funeral was perhaps the most striking visuals, but the narrative throughout was effective and at times haunting. In short, humans are capable of unending cruelty. 4 stars.
Part expiation for Germany's war crimes in Greece, part analysis of the subsequent sacrifice of the Greek people on the altar of Cold War expediency. Nestler doesn't bring quite the same immediacy to the film as he does to his German films but this is an interesting companion piece to Costa Gavras' later Z.
It's a fascinating but very one-sided snapshot in time. I don't know enough Greek history to know if I agree with it or not. There's doubtless far more to the story than is told here. Taken purely as a historical, contextless glimpse into postwar Greece, it's worth a look.
Amazing. This movie captures feeling, not just rigid facts. Released in 1965, it covers that period as it unfolds. As for WWII, photos and interviews are used instead, which makes sense. The lack of synced sound is just how docs were shot at this time. Soon after, D.A. Pennebaker, Robert Drew and Richard Leacock, et al., invented a camera that could document image and sound portably, which led to the vérité style.
Another great piece of poetry, I honestly couldn't have expected any less: It's somehow impressing how history can be told with such clarity and purity. These kinds of pages of history should be mandatory in schools. I don't even mind the hard sound of the German language, it perfectly suits the matter which is being presented. Long life to Greece, mother of western thinking and democracy.
It takes a German documentary from 1965 to say and show the truth that today is becoming taboo in Greece. Although the actual voices of the Greek people shown are not heard and are substituted by the voice-over, this enhances the impact of the image and the narrative instead of diminishing it. The footage of events is truly rare and revealing. A film that has not aged: it is historical and meta-historical.
Centered in post-war Greece, this documentary is a leftist stand against Fascism. It accounts for the spoils of WWII in Greek towns and the horrible civil war thereafter. However, images and text are unrelated, explanations falter due to its bias and episodes accounted for seem loosely related. Its visual evidence of this awful period in human history helps create conscience, but this isn't a good documentary at all.
I certainly like its politics, but the ingredients are fallow. Showing shot after shot of an old Greek villager speaking, yet never hearing her voice track, nor seeing a translation of her words, but instead having to listen to text voice-over on historical facts was dubious. Some images of Sotiris Petroulas' street funeral in Athens were notable, but not enough to realize the doc's 50 year subject matter.