Astronaftes yia Dhesimo (1962)

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This unusually surrealistic farce from writer-director Sokratis Kapsaskis doesn't always work as well as it should, but when it scores is one of the most engaging and bizarre comedies to come out of Greece during the 1960s. Kostas Voutsas stars as a batty professor who is planning to send a rocket into space, and gets help in the form of an insane man (Thanassis Vengos) who admires the scientist's alleged genius. Spurring on each other's crazy dreams, the pair feverishly devote themselves to building a rocket which will fly them to the moon, unhindered by rational thought or scientific acumen. Indeed, when they finally launch their unsound contraption, it seems to fly on pure dream power. Like all dreams, unfortunately, reality soon interferes and the rocket crashes into the earth, plowing a huge hole in the ground. It's not an unhappy ending, however, for the ship penetrates deeply enough to strike oil, and the two loons are soon wealthy beyond even their own warped imaginings. Stavros Xenidis and Efi Economou co-star.