Thursday, 4 June 2020

Nikos Gatsos: on the Greek character



Here we have the poet and lyricist Nikos Gatsos in a short documentary for Canadian TV shot in 1964 in which he talks about the elements he believes constitute the common Greek identity –  philotimo, ambition, materialism, grand gestures, egotism, volatility, extremism, gregariousness, love of solitude, sensuousness, sorrow, melancholy, defiance, sentimentality – though what he is really referring to is what informs his own art.