Tag Archives: 1980s

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Άρπα Colla [Arpa colla] (1982) Ideal and Opportunity clashes cinematically in this rather cheesy combination of satire and parody. Unfunny, unengaging, unfulfilled. Too stuck in its own time, too clever for its own good. Not in my book of meta-movies.

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Γλυκιά Συμμορία [Sweet bunch] (1983) – I don’t like sacrifices, that’s all. Art deco typography, pinball machines, thunder, moviestar images, moving dolls and toys. Awakening, elaborately dressing up with napkin and switchblade knife in secret hiding. – It was heads … Continue reading

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Arvottomat (1983) – Too late, love is dead. – But love never dies, it just leaves us. We are the ones who die.
 Seldom has Finland seemed more drab – and strangely exotic! – than in this wayward Nordic Noir. … Continue reading

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Abel (1986) –Why isn’t life normal? Oh, the strange and complicated games we humans play! Absurdly dysfunctional family – stuffy father, distraught mother, highly disappointing son – acts out a ritualistic, stylized, theatrical tale of love, lust, and insecurities. Weird … Continue reading

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Πέτρινα χρόνια [Stone years] (1985) In hiding or in prison, people are always longing for a better life. Fluidly chronicling the uneven struggles of a clandestine leftist movement under rightwing oppression, this is a very softspoken and subdued experience. Supposedly based on true … Continue reading

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Η τιμή της αγάπης [The price of love] (1984) »We can work hard. We need no one’s help.« Love, wealth, family, society. A historical drama of rich and poor in Corfu during times of political instability. Here, young women are matters … Continue reading

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Οι απέναντι [A foolish love] (1981) A tense, stylish big city techno-thriller intro is followed by computer game imagery and electronic music. This is pure eighties moviemaking complete with neo-noir vibes, slick nudity, drugs, crime, cynicism, and lots of sharply … Continue reading

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