Mihalis Kakogiannis

Mihalis Kakogiannis – To teleftaio psemma AKA A Matter of Dignity (1958)

Synopsis:
‘Up against the ugly monster of destitution, the members of a once-affluent Athenian family of the haute-bourgeoisie, suddenly, find themselves on the brink of bankruptcy, forced to live on borrowed money. However, as the formerly successful industrialist patriarch swallows his pride to reach out to his connections, on the other hand, his desperate wife, Roxani, pins her hopes on marrying their pampered and fresh daughter, Chloe, off to an opulent Greek-American. Under those circumstances, the proud but penniless clan must keep up appearances to stay afloat; nevertheless, just how far are the mother and her child prepared to go to survive? One final lie separates Chloe from a bright future. Is there any dignity left in her?’
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Mihalis Kakogiannis – Kyriakatiko xypnima AKA Windfall in Athens (1956)

Synopsis:
‘On a lazy Athenian morning of a warm summer Sunday, Mina, a young and fresh saleswoman, decides to go for a splash, only to have her chronically empty purse stolen–and with it–a soon-to-be winning lottery ticket. And just like that, fate–and a pair of juvenile delinquents looking for a quick buck–will bring together the unfortunate Mina and the ticket’s handsome new owner, Alexis, against the backdrop of irritating and fruitless litigation. Of course, Mina wants her robbed luck back; however, what if fortune and the impatient god of desire, Cupid, are already on her doorstep?’
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Mihalis Kakogiannis – To koritsi me ta mavra AKA A Girl in Black (1956)

Synopsis:
‘Marina’s sister drowned herself, her brother is both headstrong and weak, and her widowed mother has a reputation for sleeping around. Plus, Marina, who’s family was rich before the war, is aloof: so she’s the object of the jealousy and scorn of Hydra’s young men, especially Christos, whom she rejected. She fears harassment whenever she leaves her house. When two Athenians on vacation board at Marina’s family home, things come to a head: she falls in love with Pavlos, one of the visitors, and he with her. The young men in town stalk and jeer her; then play a cruel trick on Pavlos that goes awry with tragic results. Can any good come from the catharsis of tragedy?’
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Mihalis Kakogiannis – To teleftaio psema AKA A Matter of Dignity (1958)

A daughter discovers her wealthy family is actually on the verge of bankruptcy and decides to charm a millionaire for his money in marriage. Soon she is torn between living a lie and keeping up appearances. Read More »

Mihalis Kakogiannis – Alexis Zorbas AKA Zorba the Greek [+Commentary] (1964)

If ever there was a role that Anthony Quinn was born to play, it was the lusty, life-affirming title character in Zorba the Greek. The scene is the isle of Crete, where English writer Alan Bates arrives in the hopes of realigning his own values and outlook on life. He is “adopted” by the flamboyant Zorba, who determines to educate Bates in the ways of the world-or, to be more precise, Zorba’s world. Along the way, Bates is introduced to widow Irene Papas, the unrequited love object of everyone on the island, who comes to a tragic end when she is accused of adultery. Read More »