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The Counterfeit Coin (1955)
"Istoria mias kalpikis liras" (original title)

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Four stories, humorous, romantic or dramatic, are linked by a counterfeit gold sovereign. It is made by the honest engraver in the first story, seduced by the charms of a young widow, and ... See full summary »



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Sperantza Vrana ...
Orestis Makris ...
Vasilis Mavridis
Maria Kalamioti ...
Ellie Lambeti ...
Dimitris Horn ...
Dimitris Myrat ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Taverner Yannis
Rallis Angelidis
Lavrentis Dianellos ...
Nikos Fermas ...
Store Keeper
Giannis Ioannidis ...
Mr. Pap(adopoulos)
Loula Ioannidou


Four stories, humorous, romantic or dramatic, are linked by a counterfeit gold sovereign. It is made by the honest engraver in the first story, seduced by the charms of a young widow, and it subsequently passes into the hands of a beggar and a prostitute, a wealthy miser and a newly married couple where the husband is a poor artist. Written by Filios <>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance





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28 December 1955 (Greece)  »

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I kalpiki lira  »

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Proof Greek cinema can be groundbreaking.
14 January 2014 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

I'm someone who likes big, CGI-filled action as much as the next fan boy, and rarely ever do I get truly invested in a dramatic film and its characters. I'm not prejudiced against the genre, Ijust demand the film to be above average to impress me. Greek cinema rarely does it for me. I am Greek myself, but Greek cinema has been, especially in recent years, nothing but shallow comedies with brain-dead humor and pretentious films. Granted, there are more than a few exceptions, but that's just the general picture.

Enough rambling on about context,let's start talking about this masterpiece. This movie has an amazing cast. Every actor does a great job because they have so much to work with. The script is a humane story with realistic characters and clever conversations. My favorite Greek film of all time. The story centers around a counterfeit coin and people trying to get rid or using it to obtain something they think will make them happy. I'll leave it at that because the brilliant story is something you should see the film to experience.

Now let me tell you the few issues I have with the film... Actually, no, I can't find ANY. I'm not even joking. This movie is as close to perfect as most films get. Are there a few aspects of the film that are dated? Sure, but not in the bad way because they will literally transport you to Athens in the 1950's and that's definitely not a bad thing. Besides, the movie itself is absolutely TIMELESS. And I think that's the word best describing it: Absolutely TIMELESS. This is a movie you should watch not only if you like Greek cinema, but if you enjoy cinema in general. I won't recommend it to people who enjoy cinematic abominations such as "I Love Karditsa".

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