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A Neighborhood Named 'The Dream' (1961)

Synoikia to Oneiro (original title)
The stories of poor people living in a neighborhood in Athens and their difficulties.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alekos Alexandrakis ... Rikos
Manos Katrakis ... Nekroforas
Aliki Georgouli ... Stefania
Spyros Mousouris Spyros Mousouris
Elektra Kalamidou Elektra Kalamidou
Alekos Petsos Alekos Petsos ... Asimakis
Aleka Paizi Aleka Paizi
Athanasia Moustaka
Sapfo Notara Sapfo Notara
Gianna Olymbiou Gianna Olymbiou
Vasos Andronidis ... (as Vasilis Andronidis)
Thanasis Mylonas ... Lakis
Kostas Baladimas
Giorgos Vlahopoulos Giorgos Vlahopoulos
Labros Kotsiris


Nestled between the historic Filopappou Hill--or the Hill of the Muses--and Ano Petralona, Asyrmatos, a paupers' ramshackle neighbourhood, gives shelter to a pale mosaic of poverty-stricken toilers and social pariahs. Under those circumstances, Rikos, the freshly-released small-time crook and petty thief, is already up to his next scam that could help him keep afloat, while in the meantime, Stefania, his childhood sweetheart, squanders herself on ephemeral liaisons with wealthy partners, thirsting to leave the slums once and for all. In the end, amid a bleak environment and a well-hidden reality in the heart of the city, unkept promises, shattered dreams and broken hopes will inevitably bring to their knees all those who dared to escape. Written by Nick Riganas

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The Greek neorealist masterpiece that was banned by censorship!




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Greek neorealism
30 August 2020 | by demetriosvotoSee all my reviews

An excellent film deeply influenced be Italian neorealism. One of a few in Greek cinematography. Unfortunately the original version has never been screened as the conservative - right winded administration - censored the movie and destroyed the prototype negatives of the film, due to "communism" and "disrespect" of the state. The real reasons was the way the prospective and finally, the objective presentation of greek society at the time. Deeply poor and in despair yet, still supportive of each other.

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15 October 1961 (Greece) See more »

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Petralona, Athens, Greece

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