Asterismos tis Parthenou (1973)

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Yiannis Dalianidis directed this peculiar anthology which any student of Greek cinema will automatically identify as the work of screenwriter Yiorgos Tzavellas. Zoe Laskari stars as Koula, a clever young hooker who walks the downtown streets. Clients continually ask her how she was led into such a degrading lifestyle, and she answers differently each time, with the film's three stories each representing one such path to the gutter. The first story has Koula as a poor girl who dumps her equally destitute boyfriend (Christos Nomikos) to date a wealthy man (Vassos Adrianos) in order to get money for her sick father (Notis Peryalis). The father dies, the rich man dumps her, and her old boyfriend has already married, so Koula turns to the streets. The second variation places Koula as a girl who lives in a village which requires young brides to prove their virginity on their wedding night. Koula has unfortunately lost her hymen in a childhood accident, so she has an operation to restore it, unaware that such a medical procedure leaves an easily traceable paper trail. The result is Koula being kicked out of the house by her husband, driven from the village, and forced to solicit sex to survive. The final tale has Koula as the devoted newlywed wife of a successful engineer (Christos Politis) who loses his sight in an accident. In order to pay for the series of operations necessary to cure him, Koula becomes a high-priced callgirl, but her ungrateful husband is outraged to discover her activities when he returns from the hospital and kicks her out, leading her to prostitution. Yiannis Argyris, Pantelis Zervos, and Theodoros Exarchos are among the veteran supporting players.