Tag Archives: 1950s

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Λατέρνα, φτώχεια και φιλότιμο [The hurdy-gurdy] (1955) Two poor, struggling street musicians happen upon the runaway daughter of a rich ship magnate – humorous complications arise! An oldfashioned, mildly prejudiced featherweight story with good acting and snappy dialogue. There is little … Continue reading

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Πικρό ψωμί [Bitter bread] (1951) Greek postwar neorealism feels similar to its italian predecessor and inspiration; not especially »realistic« but heartfelt, indignant, and at times clumsy. This particular example, supposedly the first ever, is about a poor family trying its best not to disintegrate while being tormented by … Continue reading

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Café Paradis (1950) »You shall never believe in anything« The didactic, inept, slightly awkward intro is followed by a long flashback depicting social pressure and the dangers of alcohol in a very oldfashioned, careful, matter-of-factly way. Rather crass but also touching … Continue reading

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Μαγική πόλης [Magiki polis] (1954) »Here is where fate wanted us, so here we’ll stay.« Upward mobility, or at least the possibility of getting away from it all, is the driving force for some decent but frustrated poor blokes whose … Continue reading

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backtrack; Man of the west (1958)

A ruthless and distorted look at family values. With a reputation that has been growing steadily over the years, this uncompromising western feels exceedingly and almost shockingly cruel for its time. The troubled man haunted by his dark past is both … Continue reading

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Ο Δράκος [The Ogre of Athens] (1956) The new year is imminent. A stiff, troubled, lonely little lizard of a basement office clerk is mistaken for the dangerous dragon of the underworld and becomes a catalyst for people around him. Confusion … Continue reading

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Fanfare (1958) – This is an unusual village. A whimsical, almost surreal intro featuring haystack hornblowing and sliding cows is followed by a goodhearted parable of neighbourly discord and the power of music! The absurd antics and low-key, sometimes almost invisible … Continue reading

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