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A Girl in Black (1956)

To koritsi me ta mavra (original title)
Against the backdrop of a cloudless summer, love's unforeseen complications will entwine an Athenian writer, a morosely beautiful daughter, and a scorned local suitor. And then, calamity strikes. Can love redeem the sad girl in black?


Michael Cacoyannis (as Mihalis Kakogiannis)


Michael Cacoyannis (as Mihalis Kakogiannis)
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview:
Ellie Lambeti ... Marina
Dimitris Horn Dimitris Horn ... Pavlos
Eleni Zafeiriou ... Froso
Stephanos Stratigos Stephanos Stratigos ... Panagos
Giorgos Foundas ... Hristos
Notis Peryalis Notis Peryalis ... Antonis
Nikos Fermas ... Aristeidis
Anestis Vlahos ... Mitsos
Maria Thalassinou Maria Thalassinou
Thanasis Vengos ... Policeman
Gerasimos Miliaresis Gerasimos Miliaresis ... Guitar player


Under the cloudless summer sky--against the backdrop of a derelict mansion ravaged by death, hate, and shame in post-Greek-Civil-War Hydra--a silently sinister undercurrent of intense rivalry among men unfolds. Eager to spend their carefree vacation at the sun-kissed Saronic island, the well-to-do Athenian writer, Pavlos, and his equally sophisticated architect friend, Antonis, rent a small room at the house of the disdained widow, Froso, and her morosely beautiful daughter, Marina. But, little by little--as Marina's brother, Mitsos, is fighting a losing battle to salvage what's left of the family's already tattered reputation--love's unforeseen complications will pave the way for an unavoidable head-on confrontation between Pavlos, and the scorned local suitor, Christos. And then, as bottled-up emotions and suppressed prejudice blemish both lambs and wolves, calamity strikes. Can love redeem the sad girl in black? Written by Nick Riganas

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Introducing a young actress of surpassing brilliance!


Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


In Australia "A GIRL IN BLACK" (To koritsi me ta mavra) was named as one of "THE ten films of 1958" by "The Australian Women's Weekly" published on Wednesday 31st December 1958 on Page 52. See more »


Athina kai pali Athina
Composed by Mihalis Souyoul
Lyrics by Mimis Traiforos
Performed by the cast
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A modern Greek tragedy
13 March 2015 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

Ellie Lambetti's performance in "A Girl in Black" is one of the greatest performances by an actress in all of cinema and yet hardly anyone has seen it. Michael Cacoyannis made this film for virtually nothing on the Greek island of Hydra after achieving international success with "Stella". It's a beautiful looking film, (the great Walter Lassally was the photographer), and the simple island setting suited the simplicity of the style perfectly. Early in the film one of the character says that everything is exposed by the light, even men's sins and that is the theme of the film.

When two strangers arrive on the island their presence arouses passions among the locals that were always there but kept simmering just below the surface. Eleni Zafiriou is the widow who bestows her favours a little too freely, (the islanders are a very unforgiving lot), Lambetti is the daughter tainted by her sins, Anestis Vlachos is the son who is shamed by her, the better-known Greek actor Georges Foundas, (he was in "Never on Sunday"), is the fisherman who wants Lambetti and Dimitri Horn, the man from Athens, who gets her. It's a contemporary Greek tragedy on a small, but no less terrible, scale and it's heartbreaking. In America the film won the Golden Globe but it is seldom revived. See it at all costs.

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Release Date:

12 December 1956 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mulher de Negro See more »

Filming Locations:

Hydra, Greece

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Production Co:

Hermes Film See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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