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Illia is Piraeus's most popular person: an energetic prostitute, full of life and good humor. Every day, she swims at the pier, entertaining the dock hands. Sundays she has an open house with food, drink and song. Homer Thrace, an amateur philosopher from Middletown, Conn., arrives in town to find out why Greece has fallen from ancient greatness. He decides Illia is a symbol of that fall, so he sets out to study and to save her. Unknown to Illia, he gets the money for the books and all else he gives her from Mr. No Face, the local vice boss who wants Illia retired because her independence gives other whores ideas. Whose spirit is stronger: Homer's classical ideal or Illia's? Written by
From the second the film begins to the moment it ends, Jule's Dassin's bouyant movie brims with life, love, laughter, great music, great food, wonderful
characters and a delightful modern fable. It is a party that one never wants to see end. In these precarious times it is great to search out a film like this which is life-affirming, beautiful and profound. Melina Mercouri's Ilia is one of the great screen creations of all time--and every man will fall in love with her when they watch this film. Her expressions, her vocal range, her combination of earthy sexiness and maternal wisdom---make her an indelible and beloved character
for all the ages. And that laugh! You want to watch the movie again and again-- just to hear her laugh. Give yourselves a treat--and watch one of the most truly delightful movies ever made. You will take this film to your heart and it will make you smile and laugh long after you've seen it.
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