At the turn of the decade (1970), there was the greatest commercial success of Greek cinema
(Aliki Vougiouklaki as Lieutenant Natasa), whereas new Greek cinema emerged with Reconstruction
by T. Angelopoulos. The directors of this movement (P. Voulgaris, P. Tasios, N. Nikolaidis
etc.) aimed at approaching the essence behind the shapes and drew inspiration from society,
politics and history, in order to promote the liberating character of art. This rise of
the independent directors-creators on the expense of commercial productions was confirmed
in the end of the decade. The decline in quality, the increasing popularity of television
and the change to the standards of entertaining habits created a disinterest of the wide
public towards the old commercial cinema.
After 1974 new theatrical nuclei emerged, which led to a quantitative and qualitative increase
of theatrical activity. Companies, such as Elefthero Theatro and writers, such as G. Dialegmenos,
M. Efthimiadis, D. Kechaidis, defined theatre anew, which was characterized by the domination
of Greek theatrical plays.
The restoration of democracy signaled the complete supremacy of the political song, in an
almost one-sided development. The intense involvement with politics during that period enhanced
music with clear political overtones, while the music industry was developing, setting its
own standards. Among the important emerging tendencies we should mention the revival of
"rebetika", which attracted a wider audience (mainly with the assistance of G.
Dalaras, Ch. Alexiou etc.), but also the development of sentimental songs of European origin
(G. Parios, G. Poulopoulos). During that period, singers or creators, such as Ì. Theodorakis,
Ì. Loizos, Á. Panou, D. Savopoulos, possibly created their most mature work. But the dominant
figure of the period was Ì. Chatzidakis, who played a variety of roles (Greek National Opera,
State Orchestra and mainly the Third Programme on the radio).