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Magic City (1954)

Magiki polis (original title)
Kosmas, a young man living in the slums, constantly tries to make ends meet, hoping for a better day. Because of debts, he gets tangled up in smuggling. His morals are tested and he tries to find a way out.

Director:

Nikos Koundouros
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Giorgos Foundas ... Kosmas Bertsos
Margarita Papageorgiou ... Maria
Stephanos Stratigos Stephanos Stratigos ... Smuggler
Thanasis Vengos ... Thanasis
Eva Brika Eva Brika ... Widow
Haris Grigoriou Haris Grigoriou
Andreas Douzos ... Argyris
Eftyhia Pavlogianni Eftyhia Pavlogianni ... Kosmas' mother
Tassos Katrapas Tassos Katrapas
Fanis Kabanis Fanis Kabanis
Natasa Kalpidou Natasa Kalpidou ... Kosmas' sister
Manos Katrakis ... Narrator
Mimis Fotopoulos Mimis Fotopoulos ... Thug
Sieglinde Mayer Sieglinde Mayer ... Dancer
Mirella Mirella ... Dancer
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Working his fingers to the bone to support his mother and his sister, the idealist breadwinner and fiercely honest lorry driver, Kosmas, dares to dream that, someday, he will leave behind the dark days of poverty and his sordid working-class neighbourhood. As a result, struggling to pay off a soaring debt, let alone eke out an existence, Kosmas will soon find himself with his back to the wall, when a reluctant but mutually beneficial partnership with the slums' unscrupulous smuggler offers a speedy means to an end. Now, Kosmas needs to make a decision; one that will test the very foundation of his unyielding principles. Is Kosmas, and the other fellow lost souls, doomed to live forever in dream-crushing Magic City? Written by Nick Riganas

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Trivia

The first screen appearance of Thanasis Vengos. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Come On-a My House
Written by Ross Bagdasarian & William Saroyan
Performed by Rosemary Clooney
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Beautiful, great film making
3 March 2017 | by deickosSee all my reviews

This is one of the few instances in film history that such a beautiful work was made out of almost nothing. Most people cannot know that the making of this film was a miracle. Even if you hear it from the lips of Koundouros himself, still it seems unbelievable. The majority of films appear so bad so utter failures when you think making something beautiful like this one is so simple even if you start from nothing.


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Country:

Greece

Language:

Greek

Release Date:

18 July 1955 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

Magic City See more »

Filming Locations:

Athens, Greece

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Sound Mix:

Mono
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