Tag Archives: Greek

Christmas Tango / To tango ton Hristougennon (2011) Nikos Koutelidakis, Giannis Bezos, Yannis Stankoglou, Antinoos Albanis, Comedy, Drama

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During the Greek junta, four people struggle with illicit desires at a military camp somewhere in Evros. Colonel Loggos is very much in love with his young wife, but the feelings are not mutual. She’s much more interested in Stefanos Karamanidis, a lieutenant determined to win her affections, who’s even learning the tango so he can ask her to dance at the upcoming Christmas party. Only problem is, his dance instructor, soldier Lazarou, a sensitive young man with an artistic disposition, suddenly finds himself faced with emotions he never even knew he had – emotions he’d barely admit to himself, let alone anybody else.

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Euridice BA 2O37 (1975) Nikos Nikolaidis, Vera Tschechowa, John Moore, Niki Triantafillidi, Art-house, Drama

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Euridice is living in purgatory awaiting her chance to return to the real world. Or is she just a mad woman hiding from her past increasingly going crazy due to her solitude. Visual treat from Greeks greatest export Nikos Nikolaidis, here making his feature debut. Euridice BA 2O37 is lovingly shot in stark B&W, the plots deliberately ambiguous but serves its purpose. Your never really sure whats real or just inside Euridices head. Vera Tschechowa is amazing in the lead, the roles very similar to Catherine Deneuves part in Polanskis Repulsion only with much more misery, female masturbation and doll castrating.

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I Fotografia / La Photo / The Photograph (1986) Nikos Papatakis, Christos Tsagas, Aris Retsos, Zozo Zarpa, Drama

I Fotografia AKA La Photo (1986)
Ilias Apostolou, a young furrier who has had a hard time under the dictatorship, leaves Castoria in 1971 to emigrate to France, where he hopes to join a distant relative of his, Gerassimos Tzivas, who has been living there since 1950. With him, he takes nothing from his homeland but a photograph of a person that he finds on the pavement. He asks Gerassimos to help him in finding work in Paris. A misunderstanding around the photograph, however, sets off a series of dramatic events.

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Taxidi (1962) Dinos Dimopoulos, Aliki Vougiouklaki, Nikos Kourkoulos, Vasilis Diamantopoulos, Drama

Taxidi (1962)
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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