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A Girl in Black (1956)

To koritsi me ta mavra (original title)
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 »
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Marina
Dimitris Horn ...
Pavlos
Eleni Zafeiriou ...
Froso
Stephanos Stratigos ...
Panagos
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Hristos
Notis Peryalis ...
Antonis
Nikos Fermas ...
Aristeidis
Anestis Vlahos ...
Mitsos
Maria Thalassinou
Thanasis Vengos ...
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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>

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15 May 1959 (East Germany)  »

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Xekinaei mia psaropoula
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A fine, forgotten film
11 April 2005 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

Cacoyannis, best know for directing the film Zorba the Greek (aka Alexis Zorbas) in 1964, explored some of its themes in this 1956 film, which stars Ellie Lambeti. She plays a young woman who is constantly harassed by the young bachelors who live on the island of Hydra because she refuses to marry any of them. When a worldly Athenian comes by and rents a room in her home, the rumors begin to fly. In The Girl in Black and A Matter of Dignity (and even Zorba the Greek), Cacoyannis demonstrates a perfect and natural ability to explore moral issues within the culture, as well as create believable and moving tragedy. The earlier films came straight from his imagination (Zorba was adapted from a novel), and they are the works of a great screenwriter, one of the best of the era. Cacoyannis' direction in these two films is also flawless. He did really well in Zorba, too. One wonders why his abilities aren't more highly considered. I would guess it is because these early films are fairly obscure nowadays. I guess he's an artist who deserves to be rediscovered.


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