13 Οκτ 2008

Greeks, classical heritage and the educated tourist

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Here's a clip from the 1968 Greek film Operation Apollo ("Apollo" is the nordic-god-like tourist in the film who is actually a Scandinavian Prince falling in love with the beautiful Greek tourist guide). One of the strongest fantasies of modern Greeks is that their country is visited by Hellenophile, Greek-educated tourists in love with the ruins and (Classical) Greek culture. Funny thing is this fantasy is also shared by many of the tourists themselves, chasing unssuspecting villagers around, yelling incoherent mouzapoloutroponhosmalapola at them...

As for the unreal singing and dancing in the clip (in the "sacred" theatre of Epidaurus nonetheless) I rest my case. More serious stuff in the next post...

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