Never On Sunday (Pote Tin Kyriaki)


(out of 5)

 is brilliant as an independent prostitute in the Greek port of Piraeus who is thrown into a tiff when visiting philosophical tourist (and real-life boyfriend, later husband) wants to reform her via the intellectual “Aristotelean” aspects of life. Naturally, she tells him to leave her alone, but not before dancing up a storm, singing lots of great songs and making you laugh your head off. Striking photography of the beautiful Greece of the sixties, all around great performances and Manos Hadjidakis’ inspiring score contribute to a very memorable cinematic experience.

Lopert Pictures Corporation, Melinafilm

Greece/USA, 1960

Directed by

Screenplay by Jules Dassin

Cinematography by

Produced by Jules Dassin

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  Cannes 1960

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Academy Award
Best Music (Song) (“Never On Sunday”, music and lyrics by Manos Hadjidakis)

Best Actress (Melina Mercouri as “Ilya”)
Best Costume Design (Black-and-White) (Deni Vachlioti)
Best Directing (Jules Dassin)
Best Writing (Screenplay–written directly for the screen) (Jules Dassin)

New York Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Actress (Melina Mercouri)

Cannes Film Festival Award
Jury Prize (tie)

British Academy Award Nominations
Best Film From Any Source
Best Foreign Actress (Melina Mercouri)



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