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A Matter of Dignity: Second film in Greece


The Girl in Black: The critical reception
Walter Lassally Film-maker
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So The Girl in Black was shown in London in November of that year in a double bill with a Cousteau diving film, Jacques Cousteau diving film. And it was... in a sense the Cousteau film was the first feature and the Greek film was the second feature. But it was a success with the critics. One critic wrote something like, 'Even in London in November, the sun breaks through'. And, yes, it had a good critical reception in England and it was also shown in France and in America. It was quite a success because, at that time, Cacoyannis was the only Greek director whose works were shown abroad, with only one exception, and it's a very limited exception. Koudouros, I think, had one film shown abroad, but Cacoyannis had all his films shown abroad and that was quite exceptional. It didn't happen again until the... Angelopoulos started working, many years later. So, we were all set to make another movie, but it took two years to, to get it together.

Born in Germany, cinematographer Walter Lassally (1926-2017) was best known for his Oscar-winning work on 'Zorba the Greek'. He was greatly respected in the film industry for his ability to take the best of his work in one area and apply it to another, from mainstream to international art films to documentary. He was associated with the Free Cinema movement in the 1950s, and the British New Wave in the early 1960s. In 1987 he published his autobiography called 'Itinerant Cameraman'.

Listeners: Peter Bowen

Peter Bowen is a Canadian who came to Europe to study and never got round to heading back home. He did his undergraduate work at Carleton University (in Biology) in Ottawa, and then did graduate work at the University of Western Ontario (in Zoology). After completing his doctorate at Oxford (in the Department of Zoology), followed with a year of postdoc at the University of London, he moved to the University's newly-established Audio-Visual Centre (under the direction of Michael Clarke) where he spent four years in production (of primarily science programs) and began to teach film. In 1974 Bowden became Director of the new Audio-Visual Centre at the University of Warwick, which was then in the process of introducing film studies into the curriculum and where his interest in the academic study of film was promoted and encouraged by scholars such as Victor Perkins, Robin Wood, and Richard Dyer. In 1983, his partner and he moved to Greece, and the following year he began to teach for the University of Maryland (European Division), for which he has taught (and continues to teach) biology and film courses in Crete, Bosnia, and the Middle East.

Tags: London

Duration: 1 minute, 5 seconds

Date story recorded: June 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008