Christina (1960)

Genres - Comedy  |   Countries - Greece   |  
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One of several Greek crime films of the period designed to capitalize on the popularity of the German krimi subgenre taken from the works of Edgar Wallace, this comedic take on the form was written and directed by Yiannis Dal Dalianidis. In Thessaloniki, the press and the public are fascinated with the mysterious Fantomas, a master thief who steals jewelry from wealthy women at luxury hotels throughout the city. The obligatory amateur sleuths are Dinos (Dinos Eliopoulos), a cafe waiter, and his sister Christina (Jenny Karezi), who works at a department store. They both know they will earn a handsome reward for the capture of Fantomas, and when Christina spots a suspicious (and handsome) customer (Andreas Barkoulis) whom she believes to be the thief, she flies to Athens with Dinos in hot pursuit. Unfortunately for Dinos, Christina falls in love with Fantomas and the innocent waiter gets arrested for the robberies. What Christina doesn't know is that her new love is also innocent, at least of the crimes. He's really the son of the department store's owner and was in love with her the whole time, plotting along with his own sister (Sassa Kazeli) to win Christina's affection. Naturally, he does, and before long the real thief is unmasked, Dinos is freed, and everyone lives happily ever after. Stavros Xenidis co-stars in this entertaining romp with Yiorgos Velentzas and Kostas Papachristos.