Mikroi Kai Megaloi En Drasei (1963)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

Greece, 1963.  Afoi Roussopoulloi.  Adaptation by , based on the play Ta Paidia mas, Oi Kerveroi by , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by .  

A popular Greek stage play is transferred to the big screen with pleasant results as widow and widower Marianna and Antoni have found true love in their second blooms with each other. The catch is that they don’t want anyone to know yet:  her son Giorgos is terribly jealous of his father’s memory, and Antoni’s daughter Elina feels her dad should behave like a conservative old widower. When both youngsters return from abroad, he from his studies in London and she from Paris, they announce their engagement to each other and prompt their parents to hide their own relationship. From there begins a comedy of errors that is full of wonderful twists and drenched in colourful sunlit photography of Athens. It’s frothy but satisfying, plus features that wonderful staple of Greek cinema comedy, the incongruous musical number that generally comes out of nowhere.

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