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A Matter of Dignity (1958)

To teleftaio psemma (original title)
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.

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Michael Cacoyannis (as Mihalis Kakogiannis)

Writer:

Michael Cacoyannis (as Mihalis Kakogiannis)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ellie Lambeti ... Hloi Pella
Athena Michaelidou Athena Michaelidou ... Roxanni Pella
Eleni Zafeiriou ... Katerina
Giorgos Pappas ... Kleon Pellas (as Georgios Pappas)
Michalis Nikolinakos ... Galanos
Dimitris Papamichael ... Markos
Minas Christidis Minas Christidis ... Nikos Dritsas
Vasilis Kailas ... Vasilakis (as Vasilakis Kailas)
Zorz Sarri ... Rena
Despo Diamantidou ... Katy
Mairi Hronopoulou ... Chloe's friend
Despoina Nikolaidou Despoina Nikolaidou ... Chloe's friend
Dimitris Hoptiris Dimitris Hoptiris
Dimitra Zeza Dimitra Zeza ... Popi
Nikos Fermas ... Grocer
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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? Written by Nick Riganas

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Country:

Greece

Language:

Greek

Release Date:

10 February 1958 (Greece) See more »

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Mono
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The movie was screened between 1957-1958 and sold 50,156 tickets. It came 5th out of 31 movies. See more »

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Roxanni Pella: We are innocent...
Hloi Pella: No! Enough with the lies!
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This should be better known
24 October 2003 | by zetesSee all my reviews

A remarkable film that, had it been made in Italy around the same time, would today be called an important and seminal film. It's worth mentioning right next to any of Antonioni's films, which it sort of resembles. There are only two Greek directors who are well known outside of their country, and I was hoping that this film was made by someone else, but alas, it's the lesser of the two, Cacoyannis. Well, at least now I have a different perspective of his work. I know him from Zorba the Greek, of course, but also fragments of a few of his Greek tragedy adaptations, most notably Iphigeneia, of which I've seen the vast majority of. Zorba is an excellent film, although far from perfect, and Iphigeneia was very, very weak. A Matter of Dignity is easily the best of the three; I would call it a near-masterpiece. `Near' because there are too many flaws to ignore. And, though the flaws are interesting, for the most part, they are too nagging. But still, this is an exceptional film. The daughter of an affluent family, Chloe (Ellie Lambeti), discovers that her family's affluence is pretty much a put-on. They are going broke, and going fast. They have pushed themselves into the bourgeosie of Athens, which has run them out of money. But it's difficult to give up such a lifestyle. Chloe is currently being courted by a rather boring millionaire, but when she finds out her family's secret, she decides to give in to his advances. Meanwhile, another man, poorer and more attractive, begins to court her, too.

This is the film's biggest flaw, the love triangle. It's cliché, for sure, but the worst thing about it is the second man, who is supposed to be the audience's favorite, you'd figure, seems more of a playboy seducer than the millionaire. This guy's kind of a jerk, it seemed like to me. Besides, he is barely in the film. On the other hand, the millionaire seems like a nice guy, kind of pudgy and naïve. At one point he desperately wants to show Chloe his Fabergé collection, which he eventually does, ever so coyly offering them to her. Luckily, the script doesn't follow the path I was sure it would. That's kind of a gift in itself, but I still think it would have been better to drop that second possible lover completely. The moral situations of the film are too complex for such a clichéd element.

The other major narrative thread of the film, the most interesting, is that of the family's maid, Katerina. She hasn't been paid for a while, but she trusts that her family will come through. At one point, though, her own child gets into an accident, and when she needs Chloe and her parents to help her, they entirely forget her because of their own selfish lives. When she does finally get back to Athens, she confronts them. The juxtaposition between the problems of the classes are ingenious here. But I also like the way Cacoyannis allows us into the point of view of the bourgeosie (mostly Chloe) without judgind too harshly. Some might not like the way we are supposed to sympathize with Chloe when she must endure the hardships of a bus ride with people of the lower classes, but, then again, those who may disapprove of the way this scene is done probably have never travelled on a Greyhound bus. Just kidding. This fear and disgust that Chloe initially feels is resolved later on; that scene has tremendous payoff, anyhow.

As for the elements that make up the film, they are all excellent. As I said, this far outranks Zorba; Cacoyannis directs wonderfully. The most praiseworthy element, however, is Ellie Lambeti's lead performance. She is truly a revelation, and, had this film been more widely seen upon its release, I would guess that we would know her name as well as we know Monica Vitti's, Anna Karina's, Liv Ullmann's, and all the other great foreign actresses. IMDb commenter David Stafford comes up with one of the most perfect descriptions, and I certainly couldn't beat it: `She's Audrey Hepburn's tragic Greek shadow.' The other great performance in the film comes from the actress who play's Chloe's mother, Athena Michaelidou. 9/10.


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