May 12, 2011

Nikos Deja Vu - Ta Kokkina Fanaria - The Red Lanterns (1963)

(Τα κόκκινα φανάρια)
The Red Lanterns

The Red Lanterns is a 1963 Greek film directed by Vasilis Georgiadis and based on a play by Alekos Galanos. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It was also entered into the 1964 Cannes Film Festival.

Plot Summary

The residents of a poor neighbourhood in Piraeus are asked to leave as modernization will take place. The prostitutes of one of the many brothels are preparing to move on. The camera follows their individual stories, their misery, shattered dreams and hopes for a better future.

Just a little time before the infamous brothels of Troumba (a slum of Peiraieus) are closed down, the story follows the lives of 5 prostitutes. Anna, in love with a gentle and wise sea captain, tries to hide the existence of her son. Marina is bullied by her good-for-nothing pimp, whom she loves to insanity. Mary falls in love with a teenage boy she deflowers. Myrsini, the youngest, deliberately becomes a prostitute and the madame's pet. But the story focuses most on Eleni, a sensitive refugee from Romania, who tries to hide her "dirty" profession from her beloved and to confront the sick passion of her pimp for her.


• Tzeni Karezi - Eleni
• Mairi Hronopoulou - Mary
• Dimitris Papamichael - Petros
• Giorgos Foundas - Mihalios
• Manos Katrakis - Kapetan Nikolas
• Alexandra Ladikou - Anna
• Despo Diamantidou - Madam Pari
• Katerina Helmy - Marina
• Faidon Georgitsis - Angelos
• Eleni Anousaki - Myrsini
• Notis Peryalis
• Kostas Kourtis
• Iro Kyriakaki - The Servant
• Thodoros Kefalopoulos
• Soula Nikiforidou

Nikos Deja Vu

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