O Boufas (1968)

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Orestis Laskos directed this adaptation of the Greek play Upstairs Downstairs by Nikos Tsiforos and Polyvios Vassilidis, and it is perhaps because he had source material written by others that screenwriter Yiorgos Lazaridis doesn't engage in his usual penchant for contrived silliness here. The story itself is actually fairly pedestrian, dealing with an honest and extremely gullible civil engineer named Elias (Yiorgos Pantzas) who is employed at a large public works company and is very popular because of his reliability and selflessness. His more practical wife (Jenny Roussea) is convinced that his virtues will be his downfall, and tries to clue him in on the unscrupulousness and dishonesty of most people around him, but Elias remains open and guileless, working long hours diligently for little pay. Eventually, a smarmy landowner (Periklis Christoforidis) who needs a new road going past his property hires a con man to make Elias a deal that the trusting young engineer can't refuse, and thee trouble begins. Eleni Prokopiou co-stars with Sotiris Moustakas and Ria Deloutsi.