ACE OF SPADES

ACE OF SPADES ALL AGES

Το Δόλωμα

Credits

Director

Alekos Sakellarios

Country

Greece, 1964

Running Time

96mins

Category

Comedy/Romance

Language

Greek (No Subtitles)

One of the more risqué films ever made by Vougiouklaki – a sexier version of Pygmalion and My Fair Lady.

Filmed on the island of Rhodes before the arrival of mass tourism, Ace of Spades sees a cunning card shark (Alekos Alexandrakis) enact a plan to dupe wealthy men of their money: use a pretty girl as bait then clean out their bank accounts.

He finds the most alluring of cabaret dancehall girls (Aliki Vougiouklaki) before embarking on a comedic regimen of culture and fashion lessons to turn her into a smooth-talking sex-bomb. But his ‘ace’ throws a spanner in the works when she meets an innocent young man who helps her regain her purity.

Aliki Vougiouklaki proves her worth as more than just eye candy in a standout dramatic performance that could easily have veered into excessive melodrama. Be seduced by her charm and witty, rapid-fire dialogue.

Written by Alekos Sakellarios
Produced by Finos Film
Cast: Aliki Vougiouklaki, Alekos Alexandrakis, Dinos Iliopoulos, Vagelis Voulgaridis, Andreas Barkoulis, Dimitris Nikolaidis, Periklis Hristoforidis

About the Director:
Alekos Sakellarios was born in Athens in 1913, and studied both journalism and acting. He wrote his first play in 1935 called The King of Halva, before crossing over to film as a screenwriter and debuting as a director with Papoutsi apo ton topo sou in 1946. His most notable films include The Slap That Came From Paradise (1959, also screening at this year’s GFF), The Policeman of the 16th Precinct (1959), Woe to the Young (1961),and My Daughter the Socialist (1966). 

Greek Synopsis:
Γυρισμένη στη Ρόδο, η ταινία αυτή αναφέρεται σε έναν παράτολμο χαρτοπαίχτη ο οποίος καταστρώνει ολόκληρο σχέδιο για να ξαφρίσει, οικονομικά,  πλούσιους άντρες χρησιμοποιώντας ως δόλωμα ένα ελκυστικό κορίτσι.

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