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The Shepherds of Calamity

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The Shepherds of Calamity

Ελλάδα, Γαλλία/Greece, France, 1967, μ&α/b&w
Σκην./Dir.- Σεν./Scr.: Νίκος Παπατάκης/Nikos Papatakis | Φωτ./Cin.: Jean Boffety, Christian Guillouet | Μοντ./Ed.: Πάνος Παπακυριακόπουλος, Cabon Suzanne, Genevieuve Vaury/Panos Papakyriakopoulos | Μουσ./Mus.: Pierre Barbaud | Ηθ./Cast: Όλγα Καρλάτου, Γιώργος Διαλεγμένος, Λάμπρος Τσάγκας, Έλλη Ξανθάκη, Τζαβάλας Καρούζος/ Olga Karlatos, George Dialegmenos, Lambros Tsangas, Elli Xanthaki, Tzavalas Karousos | Παρ./Prod.: Lenox Films, Samuel Wiper | Διάρκεια/Dur.: 120΄

Set in the days of Holy Easter, the film, a seemingly melodramatic story, becomes an allegory of Greek society at the time of the junta. Katina, an impoverished Greek woman, tries to arrange the marrage of her shepherd son, Thanos, to Despina, the daughter of a wealthy landowner. But when Despina's father, Vlahopoulos refuses to give his blessings and wants Despina to marry a more wealthy gentleman, named Yankos. The wealthy and spoiled Yankos plots to break up the romantic union between Thanos and Despina any way possible while the young lovers plot to run away in a futile attempt to being a new life for themselves.

“I wanted to show that a man dying of hunger and fear can be easily transformed into an wild animal” – Nikos Papatakis.

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