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Murder Backstage (1960)

Eglima sta paraskinia (original title)
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Alekos Alexandrakis ...
Journalist Makris
Titos Vandis ...
Maro Kodou ...
Elena Pavlidi
Aliki Georgouli ...
Mary Labrinou
Zorz Sarri ...
Thaleia Halkia
Hristos Tsaganeas ...
Pavlos Stefanou
Dimos Starenios
Gikas Biniaris
Dimitris Nikolaidis
Yorgos Damasiotis
Lavrentis Dianellos
Effie Mela ...
Roza Delli
Sapfo Notara
Thanasis Mylonas ...
Haris Apostolidis
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Classy Greek noir
10 December 2015 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

A rare jewel for Greek cinema. This is one of a few Greek noir films and in my opinion the best.

A crime is committed in a theater. The leading lady of a play is murdered in her dressing room, and (the famous) police inspector Bekas (Titos Vandis) will investigate the case. His friend Makris (Alekos Alexandrakis), a newspaper editor, will help him solve it.

Eglima sta paraskinia (I could translate it as Backstage crime), is a highly artistic and a rather suspenseful whodunit movie, written by a master of the genre, Yannis Maris. The acting is great, especially by the two protagonists. Vandis nails the role of Bekas and should have reprised it in another movie. Alexandrakis is full of grace as usual, in a role that suites him well. The rest of the cast give great performances as well.

The movie may be the first Dinos Katsouridis directs, but because of his previous experience as an editor and cinematographer, he does it superbly. Also Aristeidis Karydis-Fuchs is responsible for the artistic cinematography, which won the first prize at Thessaloniki Film Festival that year. Finally, Mimis Plessas composed the music which greatly fits the ambiance of the movie.

I can imagine that it would be difficult for a non-Greek to discover that film but I definitely recommend it to everyone, especially to film noir lovers.


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