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Stella (1955)

Proud and independent, Stella, an unconventional Rebetico singer who cherishes her freedom, finds herself in an intense whirlwind romance. Everything points to a tragic ending, and in the aftermath of passion, there can be no winners.

Director:

Michael Cacoyannis (as Mihalis Kakogiannis)

Writers:

Michael Cacoyannis (as Mihalis Kakogiannis), Iakovos Kabanellis (play)
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Melina Mercouri ... Stella
Giorgos Foundas ... Miltos
Alekos Alexandrakis Alekos Alexandrakis ... Alekos
Hristina Kalogerikou ... Miltos' Mother
Voula Zouboulaki Voula Zouboulaki ... Anetta
Dionysis Papagiannopoulos ... Mitsos
Sofia Vempo Sofia Vempo ... Maria
Costas Kakavas Costas Kakavas ... Antonis (as Kostas Karalis)
Tasso Kavadia ... Alekos' Sister
Nikos Fermas
Nitsa Pappa Nitsa Pappa
Hristina Pateraki Hristina Pateraki
G. Pomonis G. Pomonis
Kostas Pomonis ... Alekos' Father
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Storyline

The story of a young, wild woman who doesn't want to compromise and settle down. Stella is a restless, rebellious Greek woman who plays with men and enjoys her life as much as she can. But when she meets a young football player, things get mixed up. She loves him but she loves her freedom too. So it's about time she made an important choice. Written by Xenophon Tsakanikas <ftpadmin@antigoni.med.auth.gr>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Details

Country:

Greece

Language:

Greek

Release Date:

4 April 1955 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

Stella - pigen fra baren See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Millas Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film was a favorite for the Golden Palm at the 1955 Cannes Film Festival and Mercouri for the Best Actress award. It won neither. This fact caused controversy, so Isa Miranda, a member of the jury, gave Mercouri a special award named "Isa Miranda" award for her performance. See more »


Soundtracks

Agapi pou gine dikopo mahairi
Music by Manos Hatzidakis
Lyrics by Michael Cacoyannis
Performed by Melina Mercouri
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This early Cacoyannis "Carmen" seethes with energy.
23 January 2003 | by MozjoukineSee all my reviews

Still today, absorbing viewing, this Bazouki melodrama has many of the faults, features and personnel of the Greek home consumption cinema of the fifties but scenes like Alexandrakis' tilted stagger along the white street while his sex-bomb old flame is making out with the football hero or the country picnic with the child dancing along with Vembo's song, generate attention rarely matched there.

The business of Mercouri's first number proving a fiasco creating suspense about whether she actually can deliver is, of course, the device used in 8 MILE.

The film making is a bit rough. This one is not shot by English cameraman Walter Lassally who did most of Cacoyannis' work and some of it looks like it was lit with a searchlight. However the people who will make an impression are already visible - Hadjidakis, Aldredge, Cacoyanis and it's leads, the vibrant Mercouri and virile Foundas who would figure in all the director's early work and should have had as substantial a career as any of them.


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