Rembetiko (1983)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

Greece, 1983.  , , .  Screenplay by Costas Ferris, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Costas Ferris, .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Lurid tale in which art not only imitates life, it becomes it. A young singer joins a group of Rembetes, musicians and singers who perform a style of music that could be called the Greek equivalent to the blues. Taking place over a period of politically turbulent times, from the twenties until the late fifties, it follows (playing a character based on a real-life singer) as she goes from a difficult childhood through to national success and into decline at a very young age. Time period recreation is exceptional, and the film is dramatically quite rich, but some viewers might be turned off by the relentlessly downward tone and the dark photography. However, it does feature a beautiful musical score and lots of great songs.

Berlin Film FestivalIn Competition


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