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The Counterfeit Coin (1955)

Istoria mias kalpikis liras (original title)
Pivoting around a shiny counterfeit gold sovereign freshly milled from the clandestine workshop of an otherwise honest goldsmith, four brief vignettes of human imperfection; seduction; fate; desire, and devotion inextricably interweave.

Director:

Yorgos Tzavellas (as Yorgos Javellas)

Writer:

Yorgos Tzavellas (as Yorgos Javellas)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vasilis Logothetidis Vasilis Logothetidis ... Anargyros Loumbardopoulos
Ilia Livykou ... Fifi
Mimis Fotopoulos Mimis Fotopoulos ... Beggar
Sperantza Vrana Sperantza Vrana ... Maria
Orestis Makris ... Vasilis Mavridis
Maria Kalamioti Maria Kalamioti ... Fanitsa
Ellie Lambeti ... Aliki
Dimitris Horn Dimitris Horn ... Pavlos
Dimitris Myrat Dimitris Myrat ... Narrator
Vagelis Protopapas ... Dinos
Vasilis Afentakis ... Taverner Yannis
Rallis Angelidis Rallis Angelidis ... Victim
Loula Ioannidou Loula Ioannidou ... Fanitsa's mother
Pavlos Katapodis ... Blind man
Athanasia Moustaka ... Governess
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Storyline

Four stories, humorous, romantic or dramatic, are linked by a counterfeit gold sovereign. It is made by the honest engraver in the first story, seduced by the charms of a young widow, and it subsequently passes into the hands of a beggar and a prostitute, a wealthy miser and a newly married couple where the husband is a poor artist. Written by Filios <filios@iname.com>

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Country:

Greece

Language:

Greek

Release Date:

28 December 1955 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

I kalpiki lira See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Anzervos See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The movie sold 208,410 tickets. It came 1st out of 14 movies. See more »

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Referenced in Kai o protos matakias (1982) See more »

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Top cast of all times in Greek cinema
5 May 2007 | by tainiomanisSee all my reviews

The new year's Eve scene with the poor orphan girl and the old childless miser man in the third story is maybe the most touching scene in Greek cinema.

Orestis Makris awakens the viewers' hearts with his excellent dramatic performance. A few scenes earlier, his screen-wife had told him 'look at the lime-painter and his wife: they have no money, but they have Fanitsa, their little angel', a line that always brings tears in my eyes.A must-see movie, an all-star film that combines the top theater actors of the time with the then-emerging cinema stars of the following 20-30 years.A film shot in lovely settings of the old-time Athens.


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