Crete In 1961
Posted 20 March 2008 - 01:23 PM
Back in 1961 a ship sailed from America to Crete bringing many American Cretans with it. One man had a Super 8 film camera and now we have, courtesy of John Sooklaris, an outstanding record of those times.
I am posting the films on my website at
These films are truly extraordinary and you can see Crete much as I first saw it in 1966 when I first arrived on the island.
Posted 21 March 2008 - 07:14 PM
One other memory of that holiday was spending a night at Phaestos. At that time there was a hostel on the site - we woke up and watched the sun rise over the ruins, had breakfast and then spent a couple of hours exploring the site before anybody else arrived - absolutely magical.
All the best
Pam & Bob
Posted 24 March 2008 - 10:55 PM
What we are trying to do is to identify the places in this movie that were filmed. I have done my best to do this and in the latest movie there are parts of a memorial south of Hania at Alikiarnos and then mostly eastern Crete I am sure, Agios Nicholas and Lassiti plateau certainly.
So if any of you can identify and parts of this movie both I and John would appreciate it. So too would his mother. You can comment on my website easily below the post.
Posted 25 March 2008 - 03:33 PM
Great pictures and well worth viewing.
I'm not a great expert but have spent most of my holidays over last few years around the Agios Nikolaos area & the section of the 2nd film either side of the 2 minute mark is definitely taken around the War Memorial in Venizelou Square in Agios itself, which can be seen here (greeka.com picture).
I know from reading your articles that you have a depth of knowledge going well back, but wondered if you had previous come across the items shown in the "Images from another age" section of the
Agios Nikolaos municipal site. I can't see any trace of their vintage but they are interesting (to me anyway!).