Search - A Girl in Black on DVD

A Girl in Black
A Girl in Black
Actors: Ellie Lambeti, Dimitris Horn, Eleni Zafeiriou, Stephanos Stratigos, Giorgos Foundas
Director: Mihalis Kakogiannis
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
NR     2000     1hr 40min


Larger Image

Movie Details

Actors: Ellie Lambeti, Dimitris Horn, Eleni Zafeiriou, Stephanos Stratigos, Giorgos Foundas
Director: Mihalis Kakogiannis
Creators: Walter Lassally, Mihalis Kakogiannis, Emil Provelengios
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Love & Romance, Family Life
Studio: Fox Lorber
Format: DVD - Black and White,Full Screen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 07/05/2000
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1957
Release Year: 2000
Run Time: 1hr 40min
Screens: Black and White,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: Greek
Subtitles: English

Similar Movies

A Matter of Dignity
   NR   2000   1hr 52min
Director: Mihalis Kakogiannis
   NR   2000   1hr 40min
Director: George Stamboulopoulos
   UR   2008   1hr 37min
MGM World Films
Director: Michael Cacoyannis
   NR   2007   2hr 7min
Director: Jules Dassin
   UR   2001   2hr 0min

Similarly Requested DVDs

The Blue and the Gray - Recut
Director: Andrew V. McLaglen
   NR   2005   4hr 56min
Ocean's Eleven
Widescreen Edition
   PG-13   2002   1hr 56min
Of Human Bondage/Blood on the Sun
   UR   2004   3hr 1min
Curse of the Golden Flower
Director: Yimou Zhang
   R   2007   1hr 54min
Two-Disc Collector's Edition
Director: Ryűhei Kitamura
   R   2006   2hr 8min
John Wayne Blue Steel/Hell Town
Directors: Charles Barton, Robert N. Bradbury
   NR   2001   1hr 44min
Star Wars - Episode II Attack of the Clones
Widescreen Edition
Director: George Lucas
   PG   2005   2hr 22min
The Wild Bunch - The Original Director's Cut
Two-Disc Special Edition
Director: Sam Peckinpah
   R   2006   2hr 25min
Director: Frank Marshall
   PG-13   1999   1hr 49min

Movie Reviews

Absolutly magical and emotional
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Girl in Black "reveals Elli Lambetti as an actress of truly tragic stature." The story of a young Athenian writer on holiday who falls in love with a girl of impoverished gentility and is unable to respond to her. A disaster provoked by spiteful peasants shocks him into a new awareness of his own involvement in life. The film has a simplicity and a vibrancy that make it stand out from even the best of foreign films."
A Masterpiece...
alamsami | 06/18/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This low-budget little film received international acclaim due to it's excellent acting and haunting & simple photography. The film is set on the island of Hydra and tells a tragic love story.
There's never been anyone like Ellie Lambeti since, this is a true Gem."
Michael cacoyannis: A girl in Black
Inez Holmes | Ferney-Voltaire, France | 08/03/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"In this film two Athenians, an architect and a novelist, on holiday in a Greek island, are confronted with an archaic society merciless in the double standards it applies to men and women it sees as sexual offenders, in this case a love-starved widow and her bragging seducer. The novelist's wooing of the widow's daughter (the Girl in Black) stirs up trouble with the girl's rejected suitor, and their rivalry leads to a situation of almost unbearable suspense and a tragedy that neither could have foreseen. The harsh world of the island, beautifuly and appropriately filmed in stark black and white under the relentless glare of the Mediterranean sun, forms the backdrop to a tale of extreme cruelty mitigated only by the empathy that is one of Cacoyannis's most appealing characteristics. His direction is largely responsible for the success this magnificent film enjoyed in its day, as is the photography of Walter Lassally, who performed prodigies of skill with the one camera that was apparently allotted to him for this low-cost film made entirely on location. The director is well served by a trio of sensitive actors, Dimitri Horn, George Foundas and, last but not least, the poignantly beautiful Ellie Lambetti, who plays the title role.

Despite the archaism of the society it depicts, "A Girl in Black" has lost none of its interest today and it is hard to explain why this masterpiece is not better known."
Somber and simple
Rizzo | Denver, CO | 08/08/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Writer director, Cacoyannis has done numerous films and probably the most popular is the 50's movie, Zorba the Greek which starred Anthony Quinn.

This black and white 1956 Greek film tells the story of a family two adult children, Marina, a beautiful young woman, her brother Mitso, now unemployed, and the mother, who became a widow at 32. The father was a merchant with wealth and now, the family's home is in disrepair and they are hounded by shame, hate and death, and more recently toward the mother, who is looked upon as a [...], simply because she needs love and affection too.

When two men arrive from Athens for relaxation and the family rents the upstairs to the men, and the writer, also known as a playboy, falls for Marina. The young men in the community, mostly strapping handsome men, view Marina as a stuck-up who doesn't talk to anyone. We learn from the past that Christo was in love with Mariana before, but he used her plain-looking sister to get to Marina and that sister drowned by the hurt. Christo and his buddies taunt her and her family and for laughs, they play a trick on the man from Athens who is in love with her. The cruel trick goes awry with devastating results.

With color, the views in Greece would be gorgeous. Don't expect a really memorable film, it is somber and simple. No other special features come with the DVD. ...Rizzo