America America (1963)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1963.  Athena Enterprises, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Elia Kazan.  Cinematography by Haskell Wexler.  Produced by Elia Kazan.  Music by Manos Hatzidakis.  Production Design by Gene Callahan.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by Dede Allen.  Actors Index:  John Marley.   After a decade of scintillating stage and literary adaptations, director Elia Kazan turns to more…

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I Liza Kai I Alli (1961)

DINOS DIMOPOULOS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Greece, 1961.  Finos Film.  Screenplay by Vangelis Goufas.  Cinematography by Walter Lassally.  Music by Manos Hatzidakis.  Production Design by Markos Zervas.  Costume Design by Rita Strogylou.  Film Editing by Petros Lykas. Liza is a poor girl who sells combs in the streets of Monastiraki, arrested after she spends the night sleeping in a furniture…

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Htypokardia Sto Thranio (1963)

ALEKOS SAKELLARIOS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Turkey/Greece, 1963.  Birsel Film, Finos Film, Th. Damaskinos & V. Michaelides.  Screenplay by Alekos Sakellarios.  Cinematography by Aristeidis Karydis-Fuchs.  Produced by Klearhos Konitsiotis.  Music by Manos Hatzidakis.  Production Design by Petros Kapouralis.  Costume Design by Maria Savvaidou.  Film Editing by Aristeidis Karydis-Fuchs.   Greece’s most delicious export since baklava stars in this comedy about how marriage interrupts high school…

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Alice In The Navy (1961)

ALEKOS SAKELLARIOS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Original title:  I Aliki Sto Naftiko Greece, 1961.  Finos Film, Th. Damaskinos & V. Michaelides.  Screenplay by Alekos Sakellarios.  Cinematography by Nikos Dimopoulos, Walter Lassally.  Music by Manos Hatzidakis.  Production Design by Pantelis Palierakis.  Film Editing by Petros Lykas.   Greek musical star Aliki Vougiouklaki plays her usual plucky self, this time the daughter of a navy captain…

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O Drakos (1956)

NIKOS KOUNDOUROS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB Alternate title:  The Ogre Of Athens Greece, 1956.  Athens Film Company.Screenplay by Iakovos Kabanellis.  Cinematography by Kostas Theodoridis.  Music by Manos Hatzidakis.  Production Design by Panos Papadopoulos, Tasos Zografos.  Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge.  Film Editing by Nikos Koundouros.   Early Greek satire that hasn’t aged well, but does feature moody photography and good performances….

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A Matter Of Dignity (1957)

MICHAEL CACOYANNIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5 Original title:  To Teleftaio Psema Greece, 1957.  Finos Film, Th. Damaskinos & V. Michaelides.  Screenplay by Mihalis Kakogiannis.  Cinematography by Walter Lassally.  Produced by Anis Nohra.  Music by Manos Hatzidakis.  Production Design by Yannis Tsarouchis.  Film Editing by Giorgos Tsaoulis.   A young woman (Ellie Lambeti) living the life of a wealthy Athenian socialite is devastated when…

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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 Iakovos Kabanellis.  Cinematography by Kostas Theodoridis.  Music by Manos Hatzidakis.  Production Design by Vlassis Kaniaris, Yannis Tsarouchis.  Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge.  Film Editing by Giorgos Tsaoulis.   Fans of Never On Sunday will want to…

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Dry Summer (1964)

DAVID E. DURSTON, METIN ERKSAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  Original title:  Susuz Yaz Turkey, 1964.  Hitit.  Story by Necati Cumali, Screenplay by Metin Erksan, Kemal Inci, Ismet Soydan.  Cinematography by Ali Ugur.  Produced by Ulvi Dogan.  Music by Manos Hatzidakis, Yamaci.  Film Editing by Stuart Gellman, Turgut Inangiray.   A greedy, unmarried man decides that since the main source of…

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Topkapi (1964)

JULES DASSIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1964.  Filmways Pictures.  Screenplay by Monja Danischewsky, based on the novel The Light Of Day by Eric Ambler.  Cinematography by Henri Alekan.  Produced by Jules Dassin.  Music by Manos Hatzidakis.  Production Design by Jacques Douy.  Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge.  Film Editing by Roger Dwyre.   Thrilling heist caper is right up there with Jules Dassin’s…

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Never On Sunday (1960)

JULES DASSIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Original title:  Pote Tin Kyriaki Greece/USA, 1960.  Lopert Pictures Corporation, Melinafilm.  Screenplay by Jules Dassin.  Cinematography by Jacques Natteau.  Produced by Jules Dassin.  Music by Manos Hatzidakis.  Production Design by Alekos Tzonis.  Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge.  Film Editing by Roger Dwyre.   Melina Mercouri is brilliant as an independent prostitute in the Greek port of Piraeus who…

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