40 YEAR ANIVERSARY OF THE GREEK FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION (9)

Γαλλία-Ιταλία/France-Italy, 1965, μ/α/b&w.
Σκην./Dir.-Σεν./Scr.: Jean-Luc Godard. Φωτ./Cin.: Raoul Coutard. Μοντ./Ed.: Agnès Guillemot. Μουσ./Mus.: Paul Misraki. Ηθ./Cast: Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina, Akim Tamiroff. Παρ./Prod.: André Michelin, Athos Films, Chaumiane. Διαν/Dist.: Newstar. Διάρκεια/Dur.: 99΄.

Lemmy Caution, an American private-eye, arrives in Alphaville, a futuristic city on another planet. His very American character is at odds with the city's ruler, an evil scientist named Von Braun, who has outlawed self-expression as well as love.

The film is recommended by Andreas Tiros.

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Lola Montès
Γαλλία-Δυτ. Γερμανία/France-West Germany, 1955, εγχρ./col.
Σκην./Dir.: Max Ophüls. Σεν./Scr.: Max Ophüls, Jacques Natanson, Cécil Saint Laurent (βιβλίο). Φωτ./Cin.: Christian Matras. Μοντ./Ed.: Madeleine Gug. Μουσ./Mus.: Georges Auric. Ηθ./Cast: Martine Carol, Peter Ustinov, Oskar Werner. Παρ./Prod.: Albert Caraco, Gamma Film, Florida Films, Union-Film. Διαν/Dist.: Filmtrade. Διάρκεια/Dur.: 116΄.

The story of Lola Montes, her loves and life, all told in flashbacks from her current job as the star of a traveling circus. After a traditional upbringing, she is pressured by her mother to marry but it's not a happy union. Montes rose to fame however as a dancer and a courtesan. She had many famous lovers including composer Franz Liszt and the King of Bavaria. Scandal followed her across Europe with observers equally shocked and titillated by her activities.

The film is recommended by Ninos Fenek Mikelidis.

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Γερμανία-Τουρκία/Germany-Turkey, 2004, εγχρ./col.
Σκην./Dir.: Fatih Akin. Σεν./Scr.: Fatih Akin. Φωτ./Cin.: Rainer Klausmann. Μοντ./Ed.: Andrew Bird. Μουσ./Mus.: Maceo Parker, Alexander Hacke. Ηθ./Cast: Birol Ünel, Güven Kiraç, Sibel Kekilli. Παρ./Prod.: Ralph Schwingel, Stefan Schubert, Andreas Schreitmüller, Arte, Bavaria Film International, Corazón International, Panfilm. Διαν/Dist.: Odeon. Διάρκεια/Dur.: 121΄.

Cahit is a German Turk in his 40's. He has given up with his life after his beloved wife's death until,  one night, he -intentionally- crashes into a wall. At the hospital he's taken to, he meets Sibel, who's also tried to commit suicide because of her family's traditional issues. She asks Cahit to carry out a white marriage so that she can get rid of her family's pressure. Sibel tells him that she's interested in absolute freedom involving other people so they would live as roommates.  Cahit accepts, but while living together, they fall in love with each other.

The film is recommended by Iosif Proimakis.

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Σουηδία-Γαλλία-Δυτ. Γερμανία/Sweden-France-West Germany, 1982, εγχρ./col.
Σκην./Dir.: Ingmar Bergman. Σεν./Scr.: Ingmar Bergman. Φωτ./Cin.: Sven Nykvist. Μοντ./Ed.: Sylvia Ingemarsson. Μουσ./Mus.: Daniel Bell. Ηθ./Cast: Bertil Guve, Pernilla Allwin, Kristina Adolphson. Παρ./Prod.: Jörn Donner, Cinematograph, Svenska Filminstitutet, Gaumont. Διαν/Dist.: Rosebud. Διάρκεια/Dur.: 188΄.

The title characters are children in the exuberant and colorful Ekdahl household in a Swedish town early in the twentieth century. Their parents, Oscar and Emilie, are the director and the leading lady of the local theatre company. After Oscar's early death, his widow marries the bishop and moves to his austere and forbidding chancery, where the children are immediately miserable.

The film is recommended by Achilleas Kiriakides.

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Γαλλία/France, 1981, εγχρ./col.
Σκην./Dir.: François Truffaut. Σεν./Scr.: François Truffaut, Suzanne Schiffman, Jean Aurel. Φωτ./Cin.: William Lubtchansky. Μοντ./Ed.: Martine Barraqué. Μουσ./Mus.: Georges Delerue. Ηθ./Cast: Gérard Depardieu, Fanny Ardant, Henri Garcin. Παρ./Prod.: François Truffaut, Les Films du Carrosse, TF1 Films Production. Sales: . Διάρκεια/Dur.: 106΄.

Two ex-lovers wind up living next door to each other with their respective spouses. Forbidden passions ensue. Bernard was living happily with his wife Arlette and his son Thomas. One day, a couple, Philippe and Mathilde Bauchard, moves into the next house. This is the accidental reunion of Bernard and Mathilde, who had a passionate love affair years ago. The relationship revives... A somber study of human feelings.

The film is recommended by Vassilis Kehayas.

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Γαλλία/France, 1959, μ/α/b&w.
Σκην./Dir.: Robert Bresson. Σεν./Scr.: Robert Bresson. Φωτ./Cin.: Léonce-Henri Burel. Μοντ./Ed.: Raymond Lamy. Ηθ./Cast: Martin LaSalle, Marika Green, Jean Pélégri. Παρ./Prod.: Agnès Delahaie, Compagnie Cinématographique de France. Διαν/Dist.: . Sales: . Διάρκεια/Dur.: 75΄.

Michel takes up picking pockets as a hobby, and is arrested almost immediately, giving him the chance to reflect on the morality of crime. After his release, though, his mother dies, and he rejects the support of friends Jeanne and Jacques in favour of returning to pickpocketing (after taking lessons from an expert), because he realises that it's the only way he can express himself

The film is recommended by Michel Dimopoulos

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Αγγλία/UK, 1945, μ/α/b&w.
Σκην./Dir.: David Lean. Σεν./Scr.: Noel Coward, Ronald Neame, David Lean. Φωτ./Cin.: Robert Krasker. Μοντ./Ed.: Jack Harris. Μουσ./Mus.: John Hollingsworth. Ηθ./Cast: Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard, Stanley Holloway. Παρ./Prod.: Noel Coward, Cineguild Production. Διαν/Dist.: Filmtrade. Διάρκεια/Dur.: 86΄.

When Laura Jesson and Dr. Alec Harvey meet by chance at a railway station, little do they realize they will soon fall deeply in love. Laura travels to the city to shop and see a movie every Thursday and Alec soon joins her for lunch and then a film. Both are married and have children but they enjoy each others company. As they come to realize they are truly in love, they also must deal with the torment that come from the realization that any future for them is out of the question.

The film is recommended by Robbie Eksiel.

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Ιταλία/Italy, 1954, εγχρ./col.
Σκην./Dir.: Luchino Visconti. Σεν./Scr.: Luchino Visconti, Suso Cecchi D'Amico. Φωτ./Cin.: G.R. Aldo, Robert Krasker. Μοντ./Ed.: Mario Serandrei. Ηθ./Cast: Alida Valli, Farley Granger, Sergio Fantoni. Παρ./Prod.: Lux Film. Sales: . Διάρκεια/Dur.: 118΄.

Venezia, spring of 1866, in the last days of the Austrian occupation. A performance of Il Trovatore ends up in confusion due to an anti-Austrian demonstration, organised by Count Ussoni. His cousin Countess Serpieri falls in love with vile Austrian Lieutenant Franz Mahler, but the times are changing.

The film is recommended by Yannis Bakoyannopoulos

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To mark the 40th Aniversary of the Greek Film Critics Association, the 28th Panorama of European Cinema holds a special programme where film critics of the old and new generation suggest their favorite european films.