Will love between a dock worker and b-girl conquer all?
The version I watched ran 73 minutes, not 90 minutes. Subtitles were clear and decent. The story was coherent. I suspect the cuts were on the more erotic material or perhaps some of the criminal machinations.
The movie does not look as if it's a late sixties movie. Its black and white and most everything else about it seems more like 1958-1963 perhaps. There were some cars but I couldn't tell the model year.
This film is a film noir all the way. There are three main characters. There is Rita, who works in a club near the harbor that features exotic and erotic dancers, as well as torch song singers. The film provides samples at some length. The owner Spyros is a pimp who runs his call girls, of which Rita, who sings, is one. He also does underworld dealings, and there is an undercover cop who's in the club trying to get information. The owner has several heavy henchmen to do dirty work. The other main character is Argyris. He has fallen in love with Rita at a distance. He comes to the club regularly and watches her, which she notices. Eventually they get together, and they're good sort of folks. But they're trapped into their work situations, Rita especially. Argyris is a dock watchman, wiry and tough. She thinks Argyris has money but soon finds out he doesn't. She stays with him and leaves Spyros, which is tense because he's known to have a misbehaving prostitute's face cut up. In a good scene, Argyris has to fight off the henchmen to get Rita away.
Rita plays housewife for awhile. Then Spyros shows up. He needs her for a smuggling deal to keep a man occupied and he promises very high pay. Rita gives in. She also has a poor bum of a father to support. It's a way out for her and Argyris. Meanwhile he is at work, and he picks up on the smuggling. He is able to get a very large amount of American dollars by confronting a lone smuggler, actually a double-crosser. Little does he know what Rita is doing with the same idea. When Spyros and his associates in the deal find out their money is missing, they go on the alert for large dollars being spent around.
A dark atmosphere pervades this film in true noir fashion. So does the feeling that our principals are trapped. They fight their way against economic forces and their status in life, and love might conquer all. But we cannot be sure.
I'm always glad to discover a true noir, and this is one.
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