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A Girl in Black (1956)

To koritsi me ta mavra (original title)
Against the backdrop of a cloudless summer, love's unforeseen complications will entwine an Athenian writer, a morosely beautiful daughter, and a scorned local suitor. And then, calamity strikes. Can love redeem the sad girl in black?


Michael Cacoyannis (as Mihalis Kakogiannis)


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


Cast overview:
Ellie Lambeti ... Marina
Dimitris Horn Dimitris Horn ... Pavlos
Eleni Zafeiriou ... Froso
Stephanos Stratigos Stephanos Stratigos ... Panagos
Giorgos Foundas ... Hristos
Notis Peryalis Notis Peryalis ... Antonis
Nikos Fermas ... Aristeidis
Anestis Vlahos ... Mitsos
Maria Thalassinou Maria Thalassinou
Thanasis Vengos ... Policeman
Gerasimos Miliaresis Gerasimos Miliaresis ... Guitar player
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Introducing a young actress of surpassing brilliance!


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The movie was screened during 1955-1956 and sold 87,552 tickets. It came 4th out of 24 movies. See more »


Athina kai pali Athina
Composed by Mihalis Souyoul
Lyrics by Mimis Traiforos
Performed by the cast
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Little-known but strong Greek drama
26 November 2018 | by gridoon2020See all my reviews

This early black and white film by Michael Cacoyannis has a crude, highly melodramatic power. The initially idyllic island of Hydra gradually becomes the setting of a horror movie; the horrors come from the strict moral codes, the rigid gender roles, the class distinctions, the prejudices against "city slickers", etc. Ellie Lambeti is the star, and she is enchanting - when the film was over, I wanted to see more of her character. I wondered if she would ever find the happiness she deserves. **1/2 out of 4.

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Release Date:

12 December 1956 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mulher de Negro See more »

Filming Locations:

Hydra, Greece

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Production Co:

Hermes Film See more »
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1.37 : 1
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