967 Winter 2020 My Big Fat Greek Wedding: In-Jokes
Thursday, 2:15–3:40, Feb. 13
Instructor: Kosmo Tatalias
The film My Big Fat Greek Wedding broadly referenced but did not always explain Greek customs. For example, when grandfather Gus introduced all his grandchildren, all the first cousins had the same names! Why? Because the way Greeks choose names for their children actually results in a tangled genealogical nightmare. Some of the gags were improvised by the Greek actors during filming and do not even reflect the culture; for example: “He don’t eat no meat? It’s OK, I’ll make lamb!” Film clips from the original movie and its sequel will be used to illustrate the challenges and humor of growing up Greek in America.
Kosmo Tatalias was born in South Carolina and grew up speaking Greek with his diaspora parents and their Greek neighbors and friends, totally immersed in the Greek ethos. Growing up Greek in the South presented some unique, interesting challenges.