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Windfall in Athens (1954)

Kyriakatiko xypnima (original title)
On a lazy Athenian Sunday, a young and fresh saleswoman loses her soon-to-be winning lottery ticket, only to meet its handsome new owner. Of course, she wants it back; however, what if fortune and ardent Cupid are already on her doorstep?

Director:

Michael Cacoyannis (as Mihalis Kakogiannis)

Writer:

Michael Cacoyannis (as Mihalis Kakogiannis)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ellie Lambeti ... Mina Lambrinou
Giorgos Pappas ... Pavlos Karagiannis
Dimitris Horn Dimitris Horn ... Alexis Lorentzatos
Tasso Kavadia ... Liza Karagianni
Sapfo Notara Sapfo Notara ... Kaiti
Margarita Papageorgiou ... Eirini Lambrinou
Hrysoula Pateraki Hrysoula Pateraki ... Mrs. Lambrinou
Giorgos Iordanidis Giorgos Iordanidis ... Kostas
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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? Written by Nick Riganas

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The first Greek film on panoramic screen. See more »

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First screen appearance of Tasso Kavadia See more »

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Referenced in The Ogre of Athens (1956) See more »

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Afou itan oneiro
Performed by Dimitris Horn
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Always on Sunday.
9 February 2020 | by ulicknormanowenSee all my reviews

It was his sophomore effort ,"Stella" ,which put Cacoyannis on the map and made Melina Mercouri as star.

At first 'kirlakatiko xypnima " appears like some documentary ,something Robert Siodmak ("Menschen am Sonntag") and Marcel Carné ("Nogent ,Eldorado Du Dimanche ") did in the late twenties/early thirties ;the director 's depiction of still sleepy Athenes retains lots of freshness and charm ;the ending also imitates the German and French attempts .Sunday is a time to rest even if a shrew has not yet understood it .And then you have to wait till the next one...

The core of the movie ,the ticket chase ,reminds the French of René Clair's "le million" and Jacques Becker's "Antoine and Antoinette " (but without the nasty side of the latter) ;at least to my eyes ,it beats Clair at his own game : Cacoyannis,in a derivative screenplay ( the married lawyer,the jealous wife, the handsome artist whose rich father cut off his means of subsistance ), shows freshness, delicacy and plenty of go ,particularly for a first effort.


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Country:

Greece

Language:

Greek

Release Date:

29 September 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Despertar en domingo See more »

Filming Locations:

Cairo, Egypt See more »

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Millas Film See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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