The life and work of the hero of 1821 Papaflessas that during the liberation struggle of the Greeks against the Turks, urging the elders and the world to declare war !!. Up to the heroic ...
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The life and work of the hero of 1821 Papaflessas that during the liberation struggle of the Greeks against the Turks, urging the elders and the world to declare war !!. Up to the heroic battle of Maniaki in 1825, fighting the hordes of Egyptian Ibrahim. Papaflessas was the "soul burglar" of the Greek Revolution. A real story for the heroism and sacrifice of the Greeks for their homeland and their freedom. Written by
'Papaflessas' gets better and better as time goes by. I first saw it at a very young age and had the notion that it was a low-budget and rather silly b-movie concerning the Greek revolution against the Turks (1821). I watched it again recently and I must confess I'm ready to change my mind radically about the quality of this film.
First of all, the cast consists of many great and well-known actors. Almost all of them contributing were of very high quality: D. Papamihail for instance, who incarnates the leading role of Papaflessas, does a terrific job and, arguably, adds another great performance to his long career. Others who deserve to be mentioned here-by, are the following: A. Alexandrakis, S. Xenidis, H. Logothetis, D. Ioakimmidis, Th. Moridis and S. Stratigos. Generally, all the main actors acted splendidly.
Secondly, credit should be given to the very vivid dialogs. I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that the Greek language was very well treated in the movie, depicting at the same time the character of the hero in a very realistic and veracious way...
...Which leads me to the third point I'd like to mention: The way Papaflessas' character was presented and treated is very dialectical; the man we see is a very patriotic, yet selfish and stubborn figure. I'd go as far as to assume that 'Papaflessas' is for Greek cinematography, what 'Patton' is for the American one. Briefly, Papaflessas is a round character, who has many virtues, as well as weaknesses (often, it is these same virtues, that lead him to mistakes).
Finally, kudos to the producers for the making of a very stylistic movie and one of a very good taste as well. I'm sure that a high amount of money must have been spent for the production. The comparison to other films about the Greek revolution falls flat.
The final conclusion: A film deserving to be watched by a larger crowd.
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