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Social Decay

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Μυθοπλασία / Fiction, Ελλάδα, 1932, 50′, DCP, Ασπρόμαυρο / Black & White, Bουβό / Silent

Σκηνοθεσία / Direction Στέλιος Τατασόπουλος Σενάριο / Screenplay Στέλιος Τατασόπουλος Φωτογραφία / Cinematography Μιχάλης Γαζιάδης Παραγωγή / Production ΦΥΖΙΟ ΦΙΛΜ Ηθοποιοί / Cast Στέλιος Τατασόπουλος, Δανάη Γρίζου, Τάσος Κεφαλάς, Τζόλη Γαρμπή, Καίτη Οικονόμου, Γιώργος Καβουκίδης, Γιώργος Μουχτούρης, Κώστας Λογαριαστάκης, Ελένη Λαβδά, Νικόλαος Σπύρου, Γεράσιμος Αρσένης, Νίκη Παππά, Ρίκα Καρουζάκη, Κίμων Σπαθόπουλος Προέλευση & Αποκατάσταση Κόπιας / Print Source & Restoration Greek Film Archive

A student abandons his studies and works as actor in a troupe, where he falls in love with the leading actress. When she yields to a businessman, feeling disappointed, he leaves the theater. Poverty forces him to join the proletariat and become a tobacco worker. He comes face to face with the exploitation that workers endure and decides to participate in the establishment of a union leading the fight for social justice. It can be described as the first “social film” made in Greece. The exhibition history of the film was marred by censorship and police raids. The film was considered lost until the mid-1980s, when surviving film elements were located and a reconstruction of the film, on color internegative, released in 1989. With the new 2017 restoration project the outcome has been improved: the internegative was scanned in 2K allowing to recover part of the original frame; several shots which had been reversed have now been corrected; copied recent splices have been removed; grading was also realized.

Restoration project realized in co-operation with Documenta 14: Learning from Athens. Partner: CINEMATEK Co-producer: COSMOTE TV.
With the support of the Greek Film Centre


The 9th Athens Avant-Garde Film Festival is carried out in the context of “Cinephilia in the New Age II” which is funded by the European Union — European Regional Development Fund (Operational Programme ROP ATTIKI of NSRF 2014-2020). All actions are carried out under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports.