MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 4,138 this week

A Girl in Black (1956)
"To koritsi me ta mavra" (original title)

7.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.7/10 from 488 users  
Reviews: 4 user | 2 critic

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... See full summary »

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: October

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in October.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 31 titles
created 07 May 2011
 
a list of 12 titles
created 19 May 2013
 
list image
a list of 21 titles
created 09 Sep 2013
 
a list of 36 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 23 titles
created 3 days ago
 

Related Items

Search for "A Girl in Black" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: A Girl in Black (1956)

A Girl in Black (1956) on IMDb 7.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of A Girl in Black.
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Stella (1955)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The story of a young, wild woman who doesn't want to compromise and settle down. Stella is a restless, rebellious Greek woman who plays with men and enjoys her life as much as she can. But ... See full summary »

Director: Mihalis Kakogiannis
Stars: Melina Mercouri, Giorgos Foundas, Alekos Alexandrakis
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Aliki is in love with someone who serves his duty in the greek navy. Wanting to see him, she disguises as a navy soldier and gets aboard her lover's ship. Things get more complicated when ... See full summary »

Director: Alekos Sakellarios
Stars: Aliki Vougiouklaki, Dimitris Papamichael, Giannis Gionakis
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Jules Dassin
Stars: Melina Mercouri, Ellen Burstyn, Andréas Voutsinas
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

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 ... See full summary »

Director: Mihalis Kakogiannis
Stars: Ellie Lambeti, Athena Michaelidou, Eleni Zafeiriou
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A bank teller discovers an accounting error and becomes rich

Director: Yorgos Javellas
Stars: Yvonne Sanson, Dimitris Horn, Vasilis Avlonitis
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Two rich old friends, Andreas and Agisilaos are in love with young Rita. Andreas believes that youth and not money drive the word. He sells his soul to the devil, becomes young and flirts ... See full summary »

Director: Alekos Sakellarios
Stars: Dimitris Horn, Maro Kodou, Smaro Stefanidou
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The story of 6 or 7 prostitutes, at Pireas harbor.

Director: Vasilis Georgiadis
Stars: Jenny Karezi, Giorgos Foundas, Dimitris Papamichael
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Director: Alekos Alexandrakis
Stars: Alekos Alexandrakis, Manos Katrakis, Aliki Georgouli
Romance | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A young architect gets a job in a firm that is managed by a beautiful but rather "stiff" woman. When they come face to face, there are sparks flying everywhere...

Director: Dinos Dimopoulos
Stars: Jenny Karezi, Alekos Alexandrakis, Dionysis Papagiannopoulos
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Aunt Calliopi returns to Greece from Chicago after 30 years and plans to marry off her nieces.

Director: Alekos Sakellarios
Stars: Orestis Makris, Georgia Vasileiadou, Jenny Karezi
Jenny Jenny (1966)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Nikos Mantas (Andreas Barkoulis) returns to Greece from the US having finished his studies there. His rich unkle Miltos Kassandris (Labros Kostadaras) who supported him financially all ... See full synopsis »

Director: Dinos Dimopoulos
Stars: Jenny Karezi, Dionysis Papagiannopoulos, Andreas Barkoulis
Adventure | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In Greece, in the early part of the 20th century, two brothers from a wealthy landowning family have opposite views on how the poor workers who work on their land should be treated.

Director: Vasilis Georgiadis
Stars: Nikos Kourkoulos, Mairi Hronopoulou, Giannis Voglis
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Ellie Lambeti ...
Marina
Dimitris Horn ...
Pavlos
Eleni Zafeiriou ...
Froso
Stephanos Stratigos ...
Panagos
Giorgos Foundas ...
Hristos
Notis Peryalis ...
Antonis
Nikos Fermas ...
Aristeidis
Anestis Vlahos ...
Mitsos
Maria Thalassinou
Thanasis Vengos ...
Policeman
Edit

Storyline

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? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

15 May 1959 (East Germany)  »

Also Known As:

A Mulher de Negro  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?


Soundtracks

Karavi karavaki
Performed by Giannis Kyriazis
Composed by Giorgos Rovertakis
Lyrics by Giorgos Fotidas
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Does she dare love, after so much sadness?
17 April 2001 | by (Paris, France) – See all my reviews

Two well-to-do Athenians journey by ship to a small village. Pavlos (Dimitris Horn) is a writer, and Antoni (Notis Peryalis) is an architect and older friend. A native convinces the two to stay at the residence of a widow (Eleni Zafirou), rather than book a room at the hotel. The first woman they meet on the island is the widow's daughter, Marina (Ellie Lambeti), who wears a black dress throughout the film, as though in mourning. As Pavlos learns the history of her family, he starts to care emotionally for this sad-eyed woman.

Her mother was widowed years ago. Her looks fading, she (the widow) still longs for men, and has become an object of ridicule on this small island. Her son Mitso (Anestis Vlahos) is strong-headed in defense of his mother's virtue, but he lacks the physical strength to face down her detractors. In addition to her mother's woes, daughter Marina is tormented by her own memories. Marina's sister was not attractive, and, unfortunately, loved an egotistical braggard, Christos (George Foundas). He attempted to use the homely sister to get to the attractive one. His unwanted attentions toward Marina, and his unkind remarks about the sister led to the tragic suicide by drowning (of the sister).

The arrival of Pavlos intensifies Christos' desire/jealousy, and he attempts to play a practical joke on Pavlos. An unintended consequence of this prank is a horrible event, something so jarring that no one (including the audience) could have foreseen or imagined such an outcome.

This early film by Cacoyannis is photographed in b&w, with a very sharply focused foreground/background. Absolutely authentic in its setting, the movie is a landmark in Greek cinema. Ellie Lambeti (Marina) is natural looking, lovely in sad, unspoken ways, and very empathetic. Pavlos, so much more worldly, allows himself to be deeply touched by this simple, yet emotionally complex woman.


14 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Amazing film ammosguest
Discuss A Girl in Black (1956) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?