A Matter of Dignity (1958)
"To teleftaio psema" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  19 January 1960 (USA)
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A daughter discovers her wealthy family is actually on the verge of bankruptcy and decides to charm a millionaire for his money in marriage. Soon she is torn between living a lie and keeping up appearances.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hloi Pella
Athena Michaelidou ...
Roxanni Pella
Eleni Zafeiriou ...
Giorgos Pappas ...
Kleon Pellas (as Georgios Pappas)
Michalis Nikolinakos ...
Minas Christidis ...
Nikos Dritsas
Vasilis Kailas ...
Vasilakis (as Vasilakis Kailas)
Zorz Sarri
Despo Diamantidou
Mairi Hronopoulou
Despoina Nikolaidou
Dimitris Hoptiris
Dimitra Zeza
Nikos Fermas


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. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The Final Lie  »

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One of the Best Foreign Language Films!
13 March 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm not into foreign language films but this film should be considered a classic by the film director. I saw another one but this one is much better. The story about upper class Greek life in Athens with it centering around Chloe, a daughter of a prominent Athenian family. Chloe is expected to marry a rich Greek American even though she doesn't love him. Her parents, Roxanne and Cleon, are broke and bankrupt and desperate financially. Chloe's relationship with Katerina, her beloved family maid, is also interesting. Katerina acts more like a second mother and often refers to Chloe as my pet. Katerina's husband abandoned her and their son who lives in the country. When Katerina's son has an accident, Katerina goes to him and is promised that she will be paid but she isn't and hasn't been for months. She thought the family had considered her differently than the others. The storyline is intriguing and I won't spoil anymore but it's worth seeing even in subtitles.

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