19 July 2009 | lastliberal
When a man is ridiculous, he rarely notices.
To a committed hellenophile, this film represents all things that are great about Greece - the food, the music, the people.
First, there is the incomparable music of Manos Hatzidakis, who won an Oscar for the title song.
Then, there is Melina Mercouri, the star of the film, who won at Cannes for her role, as well as getting an Oscar and BAFTA nomination. The Minister of Culture after the fall of the dictatorship in Greece, she was magnificent.
She later married the writer/director of the film, Jules Dassin, who received two Oscar nominations for this film, as well as a BAFTA nomination. Dassin is also well know for the film Rififi.
Watching film is a trip back to the old Greece when the spirit was high and people lived life to the fullest. It is a trip worth taking many times.