Tag Archives: Greek

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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I Agni tou limaniou / Lily of the Harbor (1952) Yorgos Javellas, Georgios Glinos, Eleni Hatziargyri, Alekos Alexandrakis, Drama, Romance

I Agni tou limaniou (1952)
Captain Giakoumis makes the big decision to forsake the sea and live peacefully close to his wife and his adopted son, Andreas, who is about to sit for examinations in order to become a lieutenant. However, a terrible secret burdens his soul. He has a daughter, Agni, whom he had years ago when he had an affair with Maria, a prostitute from Troumpa. Maria, before she died, expressed the wish that Giakoumis recognize their daughter as his child. He, however, refused, since Agni ended up becoming a prostitute. The girl, to take revenge on her father, starts an affair with her half-brother with the intention of dragging him down into the mud. In the end, however, she falls in love with him, and this love blesses everyone and everything.

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To koritsi me ta mavra / A Girl in Black (1956) Mihalis Kakogiannis, Ellie Lambeti, Dimitris Horn, Eleni Zafeiriou, Drama, Romance

To koritsi me ta mavra (1956)
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

Kyriakatiko xypnima (1954)
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.

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Antigoni / Antigone (1961) Yorgos Javellas, Irene Papas, Manos Katrakis, Maro Kodou

Antigoni (1961)
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.

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Loufa kai Parallagi / Loaf and Camouflage (1984) Nicos Perakis, Nikos Kalogeropoulos, Giorgos Kimoulis, Takis Spiridakis, Comedy

Loufa kai Parallagi (1984)
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…

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