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Stella (1955)

Proud and independent, Stella, an unconventional Rebetico singer who cherishes her freedom, finds herself in an intense whirlwind romance. Everything points to a tragic ending, and in the aftermath of passion, there can be no winners.

Director:

Michael Cacoyannis (as Mihalis Kakogiannis)

Writers:

Michael Cacoyannis (as Mihalis Kakogiannis), Iakovos Kabanellis (play)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Melina Mercouri ... Stella
Giorgos Foundas ... Miltos
Alekos Alexandrakis Alekos Alexandrakis ... Alekos
Hristina Kalogerikou ... Miltos' Mother
Voula Zouboulaki Voula Zouboulaki ... Anetta
Dionysis Papagiannopoulos ... Mitsos
Sofia Vempo Sofia Vempo ... Maria
Costas Kakavas Costas Kakavas ... Antonis (as Kostas Karalis)
Tasso Kavadia ... Alekos' Sister
Nikos Fermas
Nitsa Pappa Nitsa Pappa
Hristina Pateraki Hristina Pateraki
G. Pomonis G. Pomonis
Kostas Pomonis ... Alekos' Father
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Storyline

The story of a young, wild woman who doesn't want to compromise and settle down. Stella is a restless, rebellious Greek woman who plays with men and enjoys her life as much as she can. But when she meets a young football player, things get mixed up. She loves him but she loves her freedom too. So it's about time she made an important choice. Written by Xenophon Tsakanikas <ftpadmin@antigoni.med.auth.gr>

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tavern | 50s | athens | nightclub | greek | See All (63) »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Details

Country:

Greece

Language:

Greek

Release Date:

4 April 1955 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

Stella - pigen fra baren See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Millas Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film was a favorite for the Golden Palm at the 1955 Cannes Film Festival and Mercouri for the Best Actress award. It won neither. This fact caused controversy, so Isa Miranda, a member of the jury, gave Mercouri a special award named "Isa Miranda" award for her performance. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Coupling: The Girl with One Heart (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

To fegari einai kokkino
Performed by Sofia Vempo
Music & lyrics by Manos Hatzidakis
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A Greek Masterpiece of love and freedom!!!
8 March 2001 | by Vassilis MarantosSee all my reviews

It is my opinion that this film is the best film ever created in Greece. This a story of Greek female singer who is full of passion and despises any social or moral "must". She is living her life like nobody else. Until our anti-hero Stella meets her destiny in the face of Miltos, a man who will try anything in order to make her his. Of course, a passion can have only one tragic end. The direction of Michalis Cacoyiannis is superb. The stars Melina Mercouri, Giorgos Fountas and Alekos Alexandrakis are some of the best actors that the Greek cinema and theathre has created. Also the music is made by an Oscar winner composer, named Manos Hadjidakis, and it reflects all the emotions that the actors have. If you can not understand what Mediterranean passion means, see this film, and you will. SUPERB!!!


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