Under the Ottomans' reign of terror in early-1820s Greece, Papaflessas played a key role in the nation's uprising to gain its independence, until his heroic fall against the tyrants' brutal multitudes, on May 20, 1825.
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.
A sharp altercation will pave the way for a brilliant career when a shameless liar meets his future employer: a resourceful parliamentarian. But, what happens when he tells one lie too many? Is his flair for fiction always beneficial?
A young idealist scholar at an all-girls boarding school comes face to face with the institution's privileged students. Will they learn a thing or two about respect? Can a little discipline pave the way for a fresh whirlwind romance?
A well-off grocery store owner and his outspoken right hand, who are head over heels in love with their neighbours, are about to have their ambitious plans crushed when the girls' true sweethearts put in an appearance at a joyous event.
Captivated by the stranger who arrived at her engagement, a spirited woman unaware of his identity forgets the vendetta between their clans. Is love alone potent enough to quench her thirst for revenge, and pave the way for a truce?
The frustration of an unkept promise and an insuppressible youthful rebellion lead to an unprecedented act of love, as the daughter of the Hellenic Naval Academy's commander and a fourth-year cadet meet again in the strangest of places.
A happily-married wife will gradually transform into a purposeful, yet clumsy little liar when her close friend borrows her brand-new car and gets involved in an unfortunate accident. Can life return to normal?
Widowed and with three grown-up sons, a stern Director of the Naval Academy hires a beautiful woman as a live-in housekeeper, to put an end once and for all in the absolute chaos that reigns in his home. But, what is her ulterior motive?
With the arrival of the U.S. Navy's Sixth Fleet, a poor English teacher hesitantly accepts a cabaret owner's lucrative offer to teach the basics of the language to two of her best girls. But, what if one of them is only interested in love?
The life and work of the hero of 1821 Papaflessas that during the liberation struggle of the Greeks against the Turks, urging the elders and the world to declare war !!. Up to the heroic battle of Maniaki in 1825, fighting the hordes of Egyptian Ibrahim. Papaflessas was the "soul burglar" of the Greek Revolution. A real story for the heroism and sacrifice of the Greeks for their homeland and their freedom.Written by
'Papaflessas' gets better and better as time goes by. I first saw it at a very young age and had the notion that it was a low-budget and rather silly b-movie concerning the Greek revolution against the Turks (1821). I watched it again recently and I must confess I'm ready to change my mind radically about the quality of this film.
First of all, the cast consists of many great and well-known actors. Almost all of them contributing were of very high quality: D. Papamihail for instance, who incarnates the leading role of Papaflessas, does a terrific job and, arguably, adds another great performance to his long career. Others who deserve to be mentioned here-by, are the following: A. Alexandrakis, S. Xenidis, H. Logothetis, D. Ioakimmidis, Th. Moridis and S. Stratigos. Generally, all the main actors acted splendidly.
Secondly, credit should be given to the very vivid dialogs. I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that the Greek language was very well treated in the movie, depicting at the same time the character of the hero in a very realistic and veracious way...
...Which leads me to the third point I'd like to mention: The way Papaflessas' character was presented and treated is very dialectical; the man we see is a very patriotic, yet selfish and stubborn figure. I'd go as far as to assume that 'Papaflessas' is for Greek cinematography, what 'Patton' is for the American one. Briefly, Papaflessas is a round character, who has many virtues, as well as weaknesses (often, it is these same virtues, that lead him to mistakes).
Finally, kudos to the producers for the making of a very stylistic movie and one of a very good taste as well. I'm sure that a high amount of money must have been spent for the production. The comparison to other films about the Greek revolution falls flat.
The final conclusion: A film deserving to be watched by a larger crowd.
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