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Vortex (1967)

To prosopo tis Medousas (original title)
On a deserted Greek island a number of men are leaded by an attractive female who, like a medusa or spider, devours any male without inhibition.


Nikos Koundouros
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Credited cast:
Fanis Hinas Fanis Hinas ... Filippos
Philippo Vlachos Philippo Vlachos ... Alexis
Alexis Mann Alexis Mann ... Filippos' Brother
Hara Angelousi Hara Angelousi ... Filippos' Girlfriend
George Willing George Willing
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Assounda Arka Assounda Arka
Jacqueline Blaire Jacqueline Blaire
Dimitris Coromilas Dimitris Coromilas
Yorgo Voyagis


A few days before Filippos leaves London for a holiday on Crete, a Greek island, he sees that his girlfriend is cheating with his brother. He does not tell them anything about it, but during the holidays Filippos' brother disappears without a trace. Both Alexis, who is a homosexual and secretly in love with Filippos' brother, and his girlfriend put pressure on Filippos to indicate what he knows about the disappearance. However, Filippos sees this as the start of a dangerous game. Written by lament

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Greece | USA


Greek | English

Release Date:

8 December 2000 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Gesicht der Medusa See more »

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1.37 : 1
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To prosopo tis Medusa's or The face of Medusa. Previously known as VORTEX
6 August 2006 | by sedzSee all my reviews

Everything initiates from Greek Tragedy in this plot. However, does "Catharsis" exists?

In a Greek remote location, the protagonists enter in a self destructive behavior initiated by a young female. She is the medusa. A stranger looks at her and decides to stay with the group. Previously the brother of her boyfriend, who had sex with her, ended up dead. The movie ends with a knife, and an intent to kill.

Death for love, love and death, or deadly love? The moral? It was difficult for me to find a moral on the film. It seems that either Koundouros does not want to adhere to the Platonic purpose of art, or, I was not capable of understanding the moral.

To my belief Koundouros tries to take a shot, to depict a vivid aspect of life. I wonder however why he constantly refuses to show the beauty of the Greek scenery. Why scenes focus on people like profiles that would be taken from amateur photographers.

On the contrary he shows several scenes of the filming crew (actors themselves) while this has the effect of detaching the viewer from the "reality" of the movie.

A lot could be said about this film. It is indeed difficult to understand, it takes patience and insight, and certainly it would be difficult for someone not initiated in Greek culture to appreciate the philosophical connotations of the plot or even specific scenes.

Koundouros did an amazing job making the scene speak of itself, however I also believe he said that this film needs "the help of the viewer". He was right.

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