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Indie ReframedWomen's Filmmaking and Contemporary American Independent Cinema$
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Linda Badley, Claire Perkins, Michele Schreiber, and Michele Schreiber

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474403924

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474403924.001.0001

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Having its Cake and Eating it Too: Contemporary American ‘Indie’ Cinema and My Big Fat Greek Wedding Reframed

Having its Cake and Eating it Too: Contemporary American ‘Indie’ Cinema and My Big Fat Greek Wedding Reframed

Chapter:
(p.188) 11. Having its Cake and Eating it Too: Contemporary American ‘Indie’ Cinema and My Big Fat Greek Wedding Reframed
Source:
Indie Reframed
Author(s):

Yannis Tzioumakis

Lydia Papadimitriou

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474403924.003.0012

This chapter revisits My Big Fat Greek Wedding (Joel Zwick, 2002), remembered primarily as the highest-grossing romantic comedy of all time, in order to reclaim it as the work of a woman and one of the indie sector’s biggest box office successes. Tzioumakis and Papadimitriou explore the intersectional perspective of its female writer and lead actor, Greek-American Nia Vardalos, with which it is identified rather than its male director. In so doing, they unpack film’s overlooked ethnic, social and gender concerns.

Keywords:   Nia Vardalos, American indie sector, writer, gender, Greek ethnicity

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