Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
Greece, 1963. Finos Film. Screenplay by Giannis Dalianidis. Cinematography by Nikos Dimopoulos. Music by Mimis Plessas. Production Design by Manolis Kastrinos, Haris Milonas, Markos Zervas. Film Editing by Petros Lykas.
They don’t get much flakier, but this musical-comedy is also harmless fun. Greek movie star Aliki Vougiouklaki plays, as usual, the centre of attention in a group of wealthy Athenian teenagers who have a never-ending desire for fun. When she sees the photo of an award-winning sculptor (Alekos Alexandrakis) in a magazine, she decides he’s her true love and will do anything to meet him. Unfortunately, he thinks daughters of successful industrialists are unworthy company, so she pretends to be the daughter of a poor mailman and asks for a job as a model in order to be near him. It plays out quite predictably, with every cliché in the book thrown out at you, but some of the dialogue is witty and a lot of the song-and-dance numbers are tunefully pleasant. The star is at her most cheekily delightful.