The first Greek feature film

Like today, the first transfer to the big screen of Spyridon Peresiadis’ bucolic drama “Golf” took place, which is also the first feature film in the history of Greek cinema. It is also the first film “fustanelas”, an exclusively Greek film genre, which flourished in the 50s and 60s.

The first film “Golfo” was shot in 1914 in the studios on Chalkokondyli Street in Athens by the Smyrna director and producer Costas Bahatoris, with well-known actors of that time, members of the so-called “bouloukia”, who toured in towns and villages. In the surname role Virginia Diamanti and in main roles the actors Olympia Damaskou (1878-1951), Zachos Thanos (1884-1946) and Georgios Ploutis.

Bahatoris spent 100,000 drachmas for the film, a mythical amount for that time, but which had no face in the “fund”, as a result of which he abandoned his ambitious film plans for good. However, he went down in history as one of the pioneers of Greek cinema.

The premiere of the film, which was black and white and silent, was given on January 22, 1915 at the “Pantheon” cinema in Omonia Square (73 Panepistimiou). The critics were kind to her, although she pointed out her many technical errors.

A few words about the project:

Poor and orphaned Golfo, a beautiful young shepherdess who works as a hotel worker serving the Zisis tselinga, knows love in the eyes of a local young man, shepherd Tasos. And while she is besieged by the nobleman of the area, Kitsos, she refuses his proposals and remains faithful to the vows of love she has exchanged with Tassos. The two young men get engaged and are getting ready to get married, when Tasos accepts pressure from the consulate for Kitsos’s cousin and Tseligas’s daughter, Stavroula. Despite his initial refusal, Tasos is finally lured by Stavroula’s big dowry and expels Golfo. The young girl despairs, loses her mind and curses Tassos. Shortly before their wedding, the now absurd Golfo raises the curse and wishes them every happiness. Tassos is shaken by the greatness of her love, he changes his mind and runs after her, but it is too late. Golfo has been medicated and is alive in his hands. Tasos commits suicide next to her.

On March 28, 1955, Golfo appeared for the second time on the big screen, directed by Orestis Laskou, with Antigoni Valakou and Nikos Kazis in the leading roles. It sold 115,285 tickets and ranked 3rd on the list of the most commercial films of the year.


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