Traveling to inspect an abandoned mine his father owns in Crete, English author Basil (Alan Bates) meets the exuberant peasant Zorba (Anthony Quinn) and invites him along when the older man claims he has mining experience. Read More »
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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. Read More »
A powerful rendering of the tragedy of Elektra by Euripides, second in a trilogy. The film begins with a summary treatment without dialogue of the action of the preceding play Read More »
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.
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The Trojan Women (1971) Mihalis Kakogiannis, Katharine Hepburn, Vanessa Redgrave, Geneviève Bujold, Drama
Hecuba and the other women of Troy rise to find their city in ruins and their cause lost. The city has fallen into Greek hands and it is likely their lot to become slaves of Greek soldiers. A messenger approaches to inform them that the lots have been drawn and each woman will be taken to the man who drew for her. Of particular interest is Hecuba’s daughter, Cassandra, who is chosen for the Greek kings bedchamber. She has received word of this news already and is in hiding because she has sworn an oath to the gods that she will live as a virgin. When she is found she has some particularly nasty things to say about treatment at Greek hands.
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Anna and Ben are settled in rural Chile in the early 1970’s. They are very isolated and their only real friends are two Chilean sisters, Eva and Monica. When Ben is stranded in Santiago on the eve of the military takeover of 1973, Anna is livid…and this is made worse by the fact that Eva, the ex-personal assistant to Allende’s wife, has been arrested by the soldiers of the new Pinochet regime and taken into custody where she is emotionally and sexually defiled. She is released, only to be further harassed by one of her arresting officers, Raoul, who poses as her protector but wishes to rape her. Meanwhile, Anna becomes involved with a Canadian journalist named Paul, who is compiling information for an extensive journalistic treatment of the coup. Anna and Ben organize an escape for Eva, over the walls of a convent to the safety of an embassy.
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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?
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