Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
Greece, 1955. Millas Film. Screenplay by Mihalis Kakogiannis, based on the play I Stella Me Ta Kokkina Gantia by Iakovos Kabanellis. Cinematography by Kostas Theodoridis. Music by Manos Hatzidakis. Production Design by Vlassis Kaniaris, Yannis Tsarouchis. Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge. Film Editing by Giorgos Tsaoulis.
Fans of Never On Sunday will want to see this earlier drama which features its stars, Melina Mercouri and Giorgos Foundas. Mercouri (in her very first film) plays a high-spirited party girl who refuses to be demure and simple in order to land herself a husband. She catches Foundas’ eye, but his jealous temperament can’t handle her free personality and he acts in the most vicious ways to keep her in line. Michael Cacoyannis, who went on to score international hits with Zorba The Greek and Iphigenia, does a pretty good job with this relatively simple drama, but ultimately it’s a judgmental moral tale about how nice girls get their man (which the nice girl in this film does) and strong, independent women end up buying it in a dirty alleyway.
Cannes Film Festival: In Competition
Golden Globe Award: Best Foreign Language Film