Saturday, May 29, 2010

Never on Sunday Style

Never on Sunday is a 1960 Greek black-and-white film which tells the story of Ilya, a prostitute who lives in the port of Piraeus in Greece, and Homer, an American tourist who happens to be a classical scholar, enthused with all things Greek. While Ilya is a character close to the "hooker with a heart of gold" cliché, Homer feels Ilya's life style typifies the degradation of Greek classical culture and attempts to steer her onto the path of morality. The screenplay constitutes a variation of the Pygmalion story.

The film stars Melina Mercouri and Jules Dassin, and it gently submerges the viewer into Greek culture, including dance, music, and language (through the use of subtitles). The signature song and the bouzouki theme of the movie became hits of 1960s and brought Manos Hadjidakis, the composer, an Academy Award. It should also be noted that apart from winning the Academy Award for Best Song, the film was also nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Melina Mercouri), Best Costume Design, Black-and-White, Best Director (Jules Dassin) and Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen (Dassin). Mercouri won the award for Best Actress at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival.

If you come across this film, don't miss the opportunity to watch it, it really is a classic. Enjoy!


  1. Oh! I love it! Thanks for including my sailors! Now I really want to see this film! :)

  2. Great post and very interesting finds!

  3. I really enjoyed this post!

  4. Wonderful post! Thank you so much for sharing! I haven't seen this classical movie, and now that I know a little bit more about it it's even more meaningful to have been chosen for your beautiful "Never on Sunday" Treasury :)!
    Thank you Amor :)!

  5. I haven't seen the movie, but I have been to the Piraeus port - I can just imagine the scenery that may be featured there. I guess I'll have to watch it to be sure. :) Thanks so much for including my belt! Wonderful picks.