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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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Credited cast:
Vasilis Logothetidis ...
Anargyros Loumbardopoulos
Ilia Livykou ...
Fifi
Mimis Fotopoulos ...
Beggar
Sperantza Vrana ...
Maria
Orestis Makris ...
Vasilis Mavridis
Maria Kalamioti ...
Fanitsa
Ellie Lambeti ...
Aliki
Dimitris Horn ...
Pavlos
Dimitris Myrat ...
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Vasilis Afentakis ...
Taverner Yannis
Rallis Angelidis
Lavrentis Dianellos ...
Anastasis
Nikos Fermas ...
Store Keeper
Giannis Ioannidis ...
Mr. Pap(adopoulos)
Loula Ioannidou
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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 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 <filios@iname.com>

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28 December 1955 (Greece)  »

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I kalpiki lira  »

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A real journey along the days and nights of a...counterfeit coin
12 March 2000 | by (Athens, Greece) – See all my reviews

I Kalpiki Lira is the greatest Greek film ever made. In other words, there is no other more complete Greek cinematic creation in the years that followed it and certainly there's not going to be another better in the years to come. The story takes us on a very weird journey. That of a counterfeit gold coin. It begins from the moment of its creation by a naive man (Vasilis Logothetidis) who, carried away by his passion and love for an unworthy woman (Ilia Livykou) decides to change his life and takes us through the streets and neighborhoods of Athens in the fifties with its everyday troubles and cares but also with its small moments of happiness, introducing us in the way to dozens of different people, from small girls to lovers who are struggling to survive (Dimitris Horn & Ellie Lambeti) and blind beggars (Mimis Fotopoulos in his most remembered role) ending in an unexpected way and filling us with the knowledge that nothing lasts forever. Only a poor counterfeit coin...


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