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by Archaeology Newsroom

Suicide: A Repressed (?) Topic

The repertoire of Greek cinema does not often include the topic of suicide. This fact is rather due to the scepticism or even to the discord of the modern Greek attitude towards the phenomenon. Thus, suicide whenever presented on the screen had been of a “heroic” nature and only recently it has obtained a more distinct character that comprises all the features of an existential, inner dialogue with reality and its fatal outcome. Since 1968 the New Greek Cinema, under the influence of foreign aesthetic trends, has contributed to the gradual acceptance of suicide by the public as a film topic. In this article we attempt to investigate how suicide functions in a script as focal subject, fiction parameter and narrative artifice.