LADY AND THE TRAMP

LADY AND THE TRAMP ALL AGES

Η Αρχόντισσα Και Ο Αλήτης

Credits

Director

Dinos Dimopoulos

Country

Greece, 1968

Running Time

109mins

Category

Comedy/Romance

Language

Greek (No Subtitles)

The Kelly-Astaire style American musical gets a Mediterranean makeover in one of the biggest blockbusters of Greek cinema history.

A comic road movie (of sorts) of pure escapism, Lady and the Tramp sees Aliki Vougiouklaki coupled with her then husband, Dimitris Papamichael, in a musical two-hander that transitions smoothly from dialogue to gay performance.

Aliki plays a privileged girl who finds herself in the unprivileged position of impending marriage to a rich but boring man. She flees, dresses as a boy to mask her identity and meets Lefteris (Dimitris Papamichael) – a vagabond who takes the ‘boy’ under his wing.

A comedy-of-error ensues where we question the motives of Lefteris – is he helping her because he loves her, or because he wants to claim her father’s reward?

Pocketing the highest payment in Greek cinema history, Vougiouklaki is revealed as a mature cult symbol in this film, albeit an apolitical one, just as the 1967 dictatorship wanted her to be. If anything, the latent social tensions of the time are apparent through a brilliant and suggestive score by Nikos Mamangakis.

Written by Lakis Mihailidis
Produced by Finos Films 
Cast: Aliki Vougiouklaki, Dimitris Papamichael, Dionysis Papagiannopoulos, Floretta Zana, Lavrentis Dianellos, Girogos Tsitsopoulos, Petros Lohaitis

About the Director:
Dino Dimopoulos (1921 to 2003) was a Greek actor, screenwriter, and film and theatre director. He directed 47 films between 1953 and 1993, of which three (Lady and the Tramp, Madalena and The Fairy and the Man) starring Aliki Vougiouklaki are screening in this year’s program.

Greek Synopsis:
Η Ρένα, ένα προνομιούχο κορίτσι, αρραβωνιάζεται με έναν πλούσιο, αλλά ανιαρό άντρα. Τον εγκαταλείπει, ντύνεται σαν αγόρι για να κρύψει την ταυτότητά της και συναντά τον Λευτέρη- έναν αλήτη που παίρνει υπό την προστασία του το «αγόρι».