Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou
Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5. Greece, 1969. Finos Film. Screenplay by Lakis Mihailidis. Cinematography by Giorgos Arvanitis. Music by Nikos Mamangakis. Production Design by Markos Zervas. Film Editing by Vasilis Spyropoulos.
Aliki and Dimitri are reunited for more silliness, this time exploiting Greek regional humour in a love story that takes place on the island of Crete. They play the son and daughter of two rival families who each own a half of Chania, and have been rivals for so many generations that they have no idea why they hate each other so much. This handsome man and this delightful young woman see each other and fall in love, she not knowing his identity thanks to his having grown up in Athens. When they discover the truth, all hell breaks loose, and then when their families learn of it things gets crazy. Have no fear, though: when Greeks do Romeo And Juliet there’s no tragedy, just a lot of singing and food, and when Greek Orthodox priests get involved it actually is for the good of all involved. The female lead’s continued excellence as a comedienne overrides Papamichael’s clear disdain for the material and the lowbrow jokes (mostly aimed at people’s funny local accents), while the tuneful songs make it a pleasure despite being so empty and slim.