Makedones Zongrafi (1984)

Genres - History, Visual Arts  |   Sub-Genres - Social History  |   Run Time - 70 min.  |   Countries - Greece  |  
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The extraordinary murals inside the homes of two small villages in Macedonia in northern Greece are studied in this intriguing cultural documentary. In the century between 1830 and 1930, the men from the towns of Klissoura and Nympheon would go abroad to earn money, and when they returned home again they commissioned artists to paint murals for them. The subjects of the murals range from classical themes like the Parthenon or the life of Alexander the Great, to Greek mythology and Aesop's fables. Life in a bygone era in both villages is vividly described in the documentary, and the setting is picturesque in this entertaining and visually engrossing look at a forgotten cultural treasure in a remote area of the country.