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Never on Sunday(Pote tin Kyriaki)

  • Dir: Jules Dassin

  • Greece/USA, 1960, English/Greek, 94mins, 35mm, B&W

  • Cast: Melina Mercouri, Jules Dassin, Giorgos Foundas

You can kiss her from Monday to Saturday. But Sunday? Ilya is the happy hooker of Piraeus, who wields surprising control over her clientele. When American philhellene Homer arrives in the Greek island, he is enamoured with Ilya’s beauty but disgusted by her freewheeling ways. While he tries to put her on a path of morality, she also attempts to loosen him up. Jules Dassin’s delightful twist on Pygmalion tackles a woman’s sexual agency in bold ways. Nominated for four Academy Awards – including Best Actress for his thenfuture wife Melina Mercouri – this off-beat romantic comedy, which led to scandals for its “immoral story” at the time of release, gave us one of the catchiest Greek dramas and most popular title songs ever composed.

Cannes Film Festival: Best Actress

Academy Awards: Best Music, Original Song

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