This film is a social comment of the times, exploring issues that centre around relationships and what was allowed and what was not allowed at the time (early 60s) in Greece. There are sub-plots also, mainly relating to the life of the poor city dwellers, social injustice and seeming double standards. Aliki Vougiouklaki is a poor young girl dreaming of a better life and the “handsome prince on a white stallion” who will deliver her from her miserable existence. She meets and falls in love with a young man (Nikos Kourkoulos) who also falls in love with her, but things are not as simple as they first seem. His past comes to haunt them and the conclusion is tragic for them both. Vassilis Diamantopoulos is excellent as the half-crazed old captain whose life strangely echoes that of young Aliki.
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A prostitute (Evdokia) meets a sergeant (Yorgos). They fall in love and get married after a short love affair. Her profession, however, is a barrier for their relationship. They try to stay together and overcome their inner conflicts, but the social environment crushes them.
Melodrama? (1980) Nikos Panayotopoulos, Lefteris Voyatzis, Mary Xenoudaki, Aleka Paizi, Drama, Romance
A 30-year-old man (Lefteris Vogiatzis) returns from America suffering an existential crisis. He goes to Corfu to see his sick mother and tries to find happiness through a desperate love affair with a young music teacher (Maria Xenoudaki). Along the way, he loses his love and ends his sick mother’s suffering.
Emanuelle’s Daughter / I mavri Emmanouella (1980) Ilias Mylonakos, Laura Gemser, Gabriele Tinti, Livia Russo, Crime, Drama, Erotic
After years of abuse at the hands of her husband, a woman, Emmanouella, is pushed to the breaking point. She hires a hitman to do in her husband, but just when she thinks her troubles are at an end, the assassin blackmails her. As her husband’s business partner struggles to prove her guilt, and as the hitman continues to threaten her new found security, Emmanouella struggles to keep her name clear and to keep her naive stepdaughter from becoming tangled in the web of danger she has created.
To koritsi me ta mavra / A Girl in Black (1956) Mihalis Kakogiannis, Ellie Lambeti, Dimitris Horn, Eleni Zafeiriou, Drama, Romance
Marina’s sister drowned herself, her brother is both headstrong and weak, and her widowed mother has a reputation for sleeping around. Plus, Marina, who’s family was rich before the war, is aloof: so she’s the object of the jealousy and scorn of Hydra’s young men, especially Christos, whom she rejected. She fears harassment whenever she leaves her house. When two Athenians on vacation board at Marina’s family home, things come to a head: she falls in love with Pavlos, one of the visitors, and he with her. The young men in town stalk and jeer her; then play a cruel trick on Pavlos that goes awry with tragic results. Can any good come from the catharsis of tragedy?
O Drakoulas ton Exarheion / Dracula of Exarcheia (1983) Nikos Zervos, Konstantinos Tzoumas, Tzimis Panousis, Vangelis Kotronis, Comedy, Horror, Music
Loufa kai Parallagi / Loaf and Camouflage (1984) Nicos Perakis, Nikos Kalogeropoulos, Giorgos Kimoulis, Takis Spiridakis, Comedy
The film is the story of a group of soldiers, who, in the course of their compulsory military service in 1967 and 1968, before and during the military dictatorship in Greece, are assigned to the then recently founded Armed Forces Television. This TV station, founded for the civilian population, was run by the Cinematographic Unit of the army which until then had only produced propaganda films and newsreels and was responsible for entertaining the troops and other charity organizations with movie screenings. The personnel was composed mostly of soldiers, who already had experience in the film business in their civilian lives, as well as those who received their training in the army. The story may be only 95% true, but that is simply because the true story is even more absurd…
Mia zoi tin ehoume / We Have Only One Life (1958) Yorgos Javellas, Yvonne Sanson, Dimitris Horn, Vasilis Avlonitis, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Kleon is a poor man trying to make his living with a small job at a bank. One day, he discovers an accounting error and deciding not to report it, he takes the money and instantly becomes rich. This gives him the chance to live the rich life of his dreams, but is there any chance for this change to go unnoticed by the bank?
Mavro livadi / Black Field (2009) Vardis Marinakis, Sofia Georgovassili, Hristos Passalis, Despina Bebedelli, Drama, Romance
Greece, 1654. A seriously wounded Janissary arrives at a cloister situated on a cliff, and the sisters take him in and care for him. Sister Anthi, one of those who tends him, falls in love with the soldier and eventually helps him escape. The central focus of the film does not come out of its historical context but is derived from the relationship between the two main characters and, above all, from the quest for freedom and identity for young Anthi. The initially silent sister, hiding a surprising secret, discovers heretofore unknown desires that lead her to a radically altered view of herself.