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Synoikia to Oneiro (1961)

The stories of poor people living in a neighborhood in Athens and their difficulties.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alekos Alexandrakis Alekos Alexandrakis ... Rikos
Manos Katrakis ... Nekroforas
Aliki Georgouli Aliki Georgouli ... Stefania
Spyros Mousouris Spyros Mousouris
Elektra Kalamidou Elektra Kalamidou
Alekos Petsos Alekos Petsos ... Asimakis
Aleka Paizi Aleka Paizi
Athanasia Moustaka
Sapfo Notara Sapfo Notara
Gianna Olymbiou Gianna Olymbiou
Vasos Andronidis Vasos Andronidis ... (as Vasilis Andronidis)
Thanasis Mylonas ... Lakis
Kostas Baladimas
Giorgos Vlahopoulos Giorgos Vlahopoulos
Labros Kotsiris


Nestled between the historic Filopappou Hill--or the Hill of the Muses--and Ano Petralona, Asyrmatos, a paupers' ramshackle neighbourhood, gives shelter to a pale mosaic of poverty-stricken toilers and social pariahs. Under those circumstances, Rikos, the freshly-released small-time crook and petty thief, is already up to his next scam that could help him keep afloat, while in the meantime, Stefania, his childhood sweetheart, squanders herself on ephemeral liaisons with wealthy partners, thirsting to leave the slums once and for all. In the end, amid a bleak environment and a well-hidden reality in the heart of the city, unkept promises, shattered dreams and broken hopes will inevitably bring to their knees all those who dared to escape. Written by Nick Riganas

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The Greek neorealist masterpiece that was banned by censorship!









Release Date:

15 October 1961 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

Az álmok utcája See more »

Filming Locations:

Petralona, Athens, Greece

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Modern Greek Melodrama
18 April 2006 | by graphiSee all my reviews

Synoikia to Oneiro proves that Alexandrakis was both a gifted actor and an innovative director. His movie is both gritty and moving. Shot on location in what was then Athen's poorest area, he overwhelms the viewer with the abject poverty of post-war Greece. All performances are noteworthy, especially that of Manos Katrakis. Mikis Theodorakis fans will love this movie for its music. Synoikia to Oneiro has few of the technical problems common among Greek movies of the time. I can't help feeling it a shame that Alexnadrakis hadn't directed more films. Let's not forget that movies in Greece at the time were made on shoe-string budgets. This film is under-rated. In my opinion, it's on par with Stella, Ta Kokkina Fanaria and other great Greek films made in the mid-fifties to mid-sixties.

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