The Greek Film Archive presents in a restored copy the unknown masterpiece of Leontos Loisios "Fishermen and Fishing", produced in 1961 (22 '), with narrator Stavros Torne, edited by Roviros Manthoulis. The film will be screened together "Social Rot" (1932, 50 ') by Stelios Tatassopoulos, with French subtitles. The two films will be screened on June 27 at the Lais Summer Cinema (9.15 pm).
Immediately after, from June 28 to July 7, they will be shown in the digital cinema of the Film Archive online.tainiothiki.gr, free.
The short documentary "Fishermen and fishing", for the traditional fishing and the life of the fishermen of the community of Molyvos of Mytilene, takes us to Mithymna 1961, through images of another era. Snapshots from the daily life of the inhabitants in the fishing village of Molyvos and the daily activities of the fishermen, but also the life in the community on Sunday. Fishermen sail in the open in purse seine. View of the settlement of Molyvos. Cafe, the narrow cobbled streets and the Castle. Women chatting and knitting outside their homes. Along with the life of the fishermen, the film follows the daily life of the village through an anthropological but at the same time poetic look.
Following the tradition of observation cinema, Loisios' film was made in collaboration with pioneers of post-war cinema and theater.
Narration: Stavros Tornes
Editing: Roviros Manthoulis
Screenplay: Leon Loisios, Giannis Bakogiannopoulos (texts), Dimitris Kechaidis (texts)
Η "Social Rot" was the first Greek film of social criticism, a forerunner of neorealism in Greece. It is the first fiction film to deal with the plight of the unemployed and poor working-class populations of urban centers, and at the same time depict the struggles for the organization of industrial labor in unions.
Most of the actors were amateurs or used fake names. Given that trade unionism and any activity that could be considered leftist was prosecuted as an "individual offense" under the 1929 Venizelos Act, the shooting of the film was a rather risky endeavor. The film also offended the morals of the time by depicting in every detail the drug addiction. Thus, its first distribution in theaters was accompanied by police interventions and cancellations of screenings.
The director of the film Stelios Tatasopoulos, was only 25 years old when he shot the film which was his first. He wrote the screenplay and played the leading role of the poor student who becomes a tobacconist and a trade unionist after his near fatal fall in the origins of the Athenian underworld from where some tobacco workers save him.
Cast: Stelios Tatasopoulos, Danae Grizou, Tzoli Garbi, Kimon Spathopoulos, Costas Logariastakis.
The film will be played with an original musical investment by Konstantinos Betas.
The restoration and digitization of the image of the documentary Fishermen and Fishing, was done in 2K by the first generation negative of the film and other available materials. The restoration and digitization of the sound was done by the first generation of negative sound. The film will be screened with English and French subtitles
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