Stella (1955)

MICHAEL CACOYANNIS

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 .  Cinematography by .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Cannes Film Festival 1955.  Golden Globe Awards 1955.  

Fans of Never On Sunday will want to see this earlier drama which features its stars, Melina Mercouri and .  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.

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