Το Ξύλο Βγήκε Από Τον Παράδεισο

Director Alekos Sakellarios
Greece, 1959, 98mins (Comedy/Romance)
Greek (No Subtitles)

The burgeoning real-life Burton-Taylor romance of Vougiouklaki and Papamichael plucked at the heartstrings of a nation in this To Sir with Love-like tale.

Maintaining the same sparkling humour today as it did on its release more than half a century ago, The Slap That Came From Paradise is arguably the film that catapulted a 25-year-old Aliki from actress to national screen idol.

A young teacher, Floras (Dimitris Papamichael), arrives on campus at an all girls’ high school in Athens. As he attempts to impose some discipline on his unruly class of wealthy and spoilt teens, a battle of wills ensues. The girls employ a range of tactics to get rid of the new guy. With the warring parties at loggerheads, the most undisciplined of all the girls – Lisa (Aliki Vougiouklaki) – begins to fall head-over-heels in love with her teacher nemesis.

Featuring a captivating soundtrack by the legendary Manos Hadjidakis, and showcasing Vougiouklaki at her cheeky best, this was the first opportunity to see the on-screen chemistry of a future husband and wife powerhouse. 

Written by Alekos Sakellarios
Produced by Finos Film
Cast: Aliki Vougiouklaki, Dimitris Papamichael, Dionysis Papagiannopoulos, Hristos Tsaganeas, Niki Linardou, Anna Matzourani

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 Policeman of the 16th Precinct (1959), Woe to the Young (1961), Ace of Spades (1964, also screening at this year’s GFF) and My Daughter the Socialist (1966). 

Greek Synopsis:
Ένας νεαρός καθηγητής διορίζεται σε ένα Γυμνάσιο Θηλέων, στην Αθήνα, και προσπαθεί να επιβάλει πειθαρχία σε μια τάξη με κακομαθημένα και ανυπάκουα κορίτσια. Το πιο ανυπάκουο από όλα τα κορίτσια, η Λίζα, ερωτεύεται παράφορα τον νεαρό καθηγητή με όλα τα συνεπακόλουθα.

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