The film was banned in Greece. Rumor has it that the film was mistakenly shown only once on public television in Greece for three minutes, before broadcasters realized that it featured nudity and explicit content and pulled the plug. See more »
cult surreal underground sarcastic hilarious banned meetings of nikos alevras
i have a kind of relation with this timeless diamond. when i was very young i was really shocked watching the start of this movie. it was shown only once on public television channel ert2 (the only channels at that moment were state channels ert1 and ert2) in Greece (may 1984) for almost twenty minutes, before broadcasters realized that it featured nudity and explicit content (for those that refuse to wake up and enjoy mass hypnosis of the generally accepted movie stereotypes) and cut it off the air for the first time ever in Greece. in the next few days everybody was speaking about it (without knowing the rest of the movie) and then everybody forgot it. today after about 30 years i thought it was a good time to laugh with my young self and watch what on earth shocked me that day. of course i was absolutely sure that today i wouldn't be shocked and that i would laugh with how easy i was shocked when i was young. far from truth. today i was even more shocked. the movie information (director,stars,writer,producer) in the beginning had moans instead of a song to accompany , and i was again shocked with the few soft but unbelievably awkward nudity scenes in the first 12 minutes. Greek director (and much more) nikos alevras also plays himself even in the first scenes of the movie (showing us in a surreal way the first meetings (and memories) of his life). during the movie he tells us that he wants to make us angry at moments so i think that explains why he did such a great job. he can make us angry but don't forget that this was his purpose. who prefers indifferent movies? the movie was also censored in Greece (another reason to watch it). i was so impressed that i could give many names to this review such as: 'a must see lesson for every young director who wants to change the world of cinema and escape clichés' or 'an alarm for all of us that lose our time without love '. the director enjoys improvisation, shooting in natural areas, with natural light and sound (lots of traditional songs (lullabies etc)). some scenes could easily make a nice colored history documentary for all Greek people that have memories of Greek places in 1975something or for the younger ones that only hear descriptions from their parents and grand mothers for that period. due to very few scenes this is an r rated movie. when i saw over 2 hours duration, i thought that i would surely stop watching at the first minutes but now i am sad it ended. i hope you find subtitles for this and that the views will be much more. i have never experienced watching a movie like this before. the writer,director,actor nikos alevras (which is his alias from alevri which is the Greek word for flour that is used to make cookies) has really something to say here. it's obvious that this creation is not aiming to make material profit. he directed again after 30 years at 2007. i'll try for the exact translation of the Greek title of this movie: there is a hail of bullets and the wounded artist moans. niko has just changed one word from the lyrics of a traditional song for this title. (a little easier to understand after you watch the movie). unfortunately i don't expect many to understand and thus to appreciate this movie.
the biggest truth is the ones said in jokes. unforgettable, unmissable, unique movie !
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