The study of Modern Greek language and Modern Greek literature in a sociolinguistic context with the occasion of the Greek-English film “Brides”: Summer of 1922. Photographer Norman Harris and Niki are sailing to America aboard the same ship. Norman in first class and Niki in third, together with some 700 other brides. They all carry the photograph of a bridegroom they have never met in their little trunks as well as their bridal gown. Norman is touched when he sees the brides in third class. Niki is the one who makes the greatest impression on him. Gradually they get to know each other and fall in love. The transatlantic liner "SS King Alexander" sails into New York harbor. On deck the epilogue of the Niki-Norman relationship is played out. Brides is a story about strong emotions, about dilemmas, about conscience, about a responsible attitude. It is about the little moments, the glances, the touches, the "yeses" an the "nos" that count in life. Directed by Pantelis Voulgaris Screenplay Ioanna Karystiani Cinematography Giorgos Arvanitis Music Stamatis Spanoudakis Editing Takis Yannopoulos Art Director Demetres Katsikis Costume Design Eva Nathena, Damianos Zarifis Sound Recording Nikos Papadimitriou Cast Damian Lewis, Victoria Charalambidou, Andrea Ferreol, Evi Saoulidou, Dimitris Katalifos, Steven Berkoff Production Supervisor Martin Scorsese Executive Producer Costas Lambropoulos Producers Barbara De Fina, Pantelis Voulgaris, Terry Dougas
Student learning goals
Students are expected to improve their familiarity with the Modern Greek language.
They are expected to study the work of one of the most important Modern Greek writers, Ioanna Karystiani, through her script for the Greek-English film “Brides” (directed by Pantelis Boulgaris and produced by Martin Scorceze in 2004).
They will also have the opportunity to be aware about one of the most important historical characteristics of the articulation of the Modern Greek society, that of the immigration of many Greek people to USA especially in ‘20s and ‘30s.
General method of instruction
Film seeing, study of the script and discussion on the sociological issues arisen by the film.
Third year Modern Greek or equivalent background.
Class assignments and grading
Systematic attendance, class participation and preparation, mid-term tests and a short analytic paper (1000-2000 words).
50% class participation and preparation, 25% tests and 25% the analytic paper.