The Germans Strike Again (1948)

ALEKOS SAKELLARIOS

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

Original title:  Oi Germanoi Xanarhontai…

Greece, 1948.  Enosis Synergazomenon Kallitehnon, Finos Film.  Screenplay by , Alekos Sakellarios, based on their play.  Cinematography by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by .  

World War II is over and Greece is plunged into a civil war of its own. Citizen Vasilis Logothetidis laments the days when the Nazis occupied Athens and gave Greeks a sense of partnership; now that they’re fighting each other, there’s no feeling of knowing where you stand. He gets his wish when he sits down one afternoon to take a nap and dreams that Hitler has survived and Germany continues its raid of the Adriatic nation, forcing our protagonist and his family to continue living by their wits in an effort to survive. This early Greek comedy bears the indications of its being a part of a brand-new film industry, but thanks to witty dialogue and stand-up direction by Alekos Sakellarios (who would go on to have one of the most successful careers in Greek cinema), it holds up well enough, plus it’s quite funny.

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