Astero (1960)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Run Time - 80 min.  |   Countries - Greece, West Germany  |  
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This immensely successful remake of the 1929 foustanella classic was directed by Dinos Dimopoulos and quickly established its stars (Dimitris Papamichael and the beautiful Aliki Vouyouklaki) as the Greek cinema's top box-office draws. The story itself rigidly follows the conventions of its subgenre, although because Greek filmmakers were still churning out foustanellas for decades afterward, it hardly seems more dated than the original. Once again, it tells the tale of Mitros (Titos Vandis), a wealthy herd owner with a foster daughter named Astero (Vouyouklaki) whom he marries off to another herd owner, despite the fact that she and his son Thimios (Papamichael) are desperately in love. The other herd owner dies and Astero loses her mind a bit (although she doesn't wig out quite as spectacularly as Aliki Theodoridou in the silent original), but Mitros finally comes to the right decision and allows the children to marry. Astero made a ton of money and represented Greece at the Berlin Film Festival, where it was greeted with the same sort of head-scratching incomprehension that tends to result when any uniquely specific national subgenre makes its international debut. Stefanos Stratigos and Athanassia Moustaka co-star.

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boy, couple, courtship, family, family-disapproval, father, girl, Greece, love, marriage-arranged, protester