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The Counterfeit Coin (1955)

Istoria mias kalpikis liras (original title)
Pivoting around a shiny counterfeit gold sovereign freshly milled from the clandestine workshop of an otherwise honest goldsmith, four brief vignettes of human imperfection; seduction; fate; desire, and devotion inextricably interweave.

Director:

Yorgos Tzavellas (as Yorgos Javellas)

Writer:

Yorgos Tzavellas (as Yorgos Javellas)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vasilis Logothetidis Vasilis Logothetidis ... Anargyros Loumbardopoulos
Ilia Livykou ... Fifi
Mimis Fotopoulos Mimis Fotopoulos ... Beggar
Sperantza Vrana Sperantza Vrana ... Maria
Orestis Makris ... Vasilis Mavridis
Maria Kalamioti Maria Kalamioti ... Fanitsa
Ellie Lambeti ... Aliki
Dimitris Horn Dimitris Horn ... Pavlos
Dimitris Myrat Dimitris Myrat ... Narrator
Vagelis Protopapas ... Dinos
Vasilis Afentakis ... Taverner Yannis
Rallis Angelidis Rallis Angelidis ... Victim
Loula Ioannidou Loula Ioannidou ... Fanitsa's mother
Pavlos Katapodis ... Blind man
Athanasia Moustaka ... Governess
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Storyline

Four stories, humorous, romantic or dramatic, are linked by a counterfeit gold sovereign. It is made by the honest engraver in the first story, seduced by the charms of a young widow, and it subsequently passes into the hands of a beggar and a prostitute, a wealthy miser and a newly married couple where the husband is a poor artist. Written by Filios <filios@iname.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

Greece

Language:

Greek

Release Date:

28 December 1955 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

The Counterfeit Coin See more »

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Production Co:

Anzervos See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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There are two types of wipe transitions used in the film: from left to right, and from left down corner to right up corner. Both of the transitions consist of three black stripes. See more »

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Referenced in Mitsos, the Laughing Stock (1984) See more »

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Compelling
9 February 1999 | by Phoevos-2See all my reviews

One of the top 5 Greek films ever. A story in four parts, a counterfeit sovereign being the protagonist that links all of them. The concept is simple but the way it is carried out is unique. A rare case of skillful directing resting upon great performances by 'real' (i.e. trained in theatre) actors.


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