I Liza Kai I Alli (1961)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

Greece, 1961.  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

Liza is a poor girl who sells combs in the streets of Monastiraki, arrested after she spends the night sleeping in a furniture store. At her trial, her fast mouth charms a lawyer who takes her in as housekeeper to him and his friends. Across town, Mitzi is a spoiled rich girl who resembles her (both played by ) and is angry at her father for not approving her choice of husband. Mitzi disappears and pretends to be kidnapped, but is surprised when she looks in the newspaper and notices that she has been restored to her family since her father found Liza and, despite knowing her to not be his child, is using her as bait to lure his real kid back home. Liza uses her time in her new home wisely, turning things upside down and showing kindness to the servants and involving her pretend father in more philanthropy than he is prepared for. Charming and dapper, this film is that same tired cliché of class obsession in Greek comedies that almost patronizes its audience with the message that only poor people care about anyone other themselves. This one is well directed, though, and features terrific performances, and despite the lightweight plot manages to have a lot of heart.  Its star was rarely this sincere, and does a terrific job of proving her comedic timing in one scene where she plays against herself.

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