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?
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Kyriakatiko xypnima / Windfall in Athens (1954) Mihalis Kakogiannis, Ellie Lambeti, Dimitris Horn, Giorgos Pappas, Comedy, Romance
Mina is a charming salesgirl. She buys a lottery ticket, but she finds out soon that it has been stolen from her. Pavlos, a married lawyer, enamored with her, helps her to track down the ticket. After a while they discover it at a penniless musician’s hands, who had bought it from a street kid. When Alexis, the musician, wins the lottery, Mina claims the money with the help of the lawyer. Soon, Mina and Alexis fall in love.
In the Ancient Greek city of Thebes, King Oedipus killed his father and married his mother Jocasta, having two sons – Eteocles and Polynieces – and two daughters – Ismene and Antigone. King Oedipus died a beggar in the exile after gouging out his own eyes, and Eteocles agreed to reign in Thebes in alternating years with Polynieces. However, Eteocles refuses to resign after the first year and Polynieces is exiled. Polynieces raises an army and attacks Thebes, and the two brothers kill each other. Crean, the new ruler of Thebes Creon decrees that Eteocles should have an honorable burial while the body of the traitor Polynieces should be left on the battlefield to be eaten by jackals and vultures. However, Antigone, who was betrothed to Creon’s surviving son Haemon, defies Creon’s orders and buries her brother. When Creon is reported of the attitude of Antigone, he sentences her to be sealed in a tomb alive.
To teleftaio psema / A Matter of Dignity (1957) Mihalis Kakogiannis, Ellie Lambeti, Athena Michaelidou, Eleni Zafeiriou, Drama
During one of her parents many parties, Chloe learns they’re bankrupt. She’s being courted by Niko, a wealthy Greek American, so she decides to charm him. He’s quickly captivated. That night, she also meets the masculine Galanos and sparks fly. Niko proposes, Chloe accepts, Galanos tries to change her mind. Her father wants to disclose their finances to Niko, her mother argues against it as a matter of dignity. The family’s long-time servant must care for her son, who’s had an accident. She’s has not been paid in months, reminds Chloe to send money, and waits in her village as hospital bills mount. The servant comes back to Athens, confronts Chloe’s mother, and a crisis ensues.
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.
Oi tembelides tis eforis koiladas / The Idlers of the Fertile Valley (1978) Nikos Panayotopoulos, Olga Karlatos, George Dialegmenos, Dimitris Poulikakos, Comedy, Drama
A father moves with his three sons and their beautiful, hard working servant in a big, old house in the countryside, where a weird drowsiness seems to occupy the four men. Will it be possible for one of them to break free?
Oi Klironomoi / The Heirs (1964) Giannis Dalianidis, Dinos Iliopoulos, Costas Hajihristos, Martha Karagianni, Comedy
Three distant cousins, barber Panagiotis; unemployed Sotiris, who wants to open a club; and dancer Mary, are the heirs of a house of haute couture. Mr. Errikos, the manager of the house, is the fourth heir. Each of the deceased’s nephews and the manager inherit 24% of the business, whereas the niece gets 28%. Dividing such an inheritance in four parts makes things rather difficult, especially when the beneficiaries have no knowledge of the profession. While the other three try to engineer each other’s ruin, vivacious Mary pretends to be a model, steals Errikos’ heart and thus gains control of the fashion house. In the meantime, Sotiris and Panagiotis fall in love with two girls who work there, Kaiti and Fofi, and so everything falls into place.