Arpa-Colla (1982)

Run Time - 102 min.  |   Countries - Greece  |  
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Nikos Perrakis wrote and directed this sly comedy about the movie industry in Greece during the early '80s, a period which saw a general decline in both the frequency and quality of Greek films. The story concerns two filmmakers, a conformist (Dimitris Chrissomallis) and a radical (Nikos Kaloyeropoulos), whose uneventful track record has relegated them to making commercials while they dream of financing their return to the big screen. Visiting various producers and well-off friends, the pair does their best to convince would-be investors, but they are hampered by their divergent goals, Chrissomallis dreaming of a mainstream film and Kaloyeropoulos driven by his political convictions to make an important piece of agitprop. Along the way, Perrakis gets in numerous (if uneven) digs at every aspect of the moviemaking process, the industry which controls it, and the society which subverts it. Despina Payiannou co-stars with Rocky Taylor and Elias Logothetis.

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actor, beauty-pageant, cleaning-woman, director, extramarital-affair, fame, love, meaning-of-life, mistress, poverty, pregnancy, rags-to-riches, singer, stars [celebrities], teacher