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The Magic City (1954)

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The Magic City

Nikos Koundouros | Greece | 1954 | Unclassified (15+)


Wed 23 Oct 2024

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Koundouros’ first feature is a powerful, neorealism-influenced study of poverty in the slums of post-war Athens. In 1953, after being released from the prison island of Makronisos, where he was held for being a member of the National Liberation Front, Koundouros visited the Drogouti refugee camp and was inspired to make this film, drawing on many of his fellow inmates, including Thanasis Vengos (in his first screen appearance) and Manos Katrakis, to furnish the film’s cast and crew. Written by avant-garde playwright Margarita Lymberaki.

Format: 4K DCP
Language: Greek with English subtitles
Source: Filmtrade
Courtesy: Filmtrade
Runtime: 80 mins

Event duration

80 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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