Lieutenant Natassa (1970)


Introduction

Ipolochagos Natassa (Greek: Υπολοχαγός Νατάσσα, Lieutenant Natasha, also known outside Greece as Battlefield Constantinople) is a 1970 Greek film. It starred Aliki Vougiouklaki as Natassa, Dimitris Papamichael as Orestis, and Costas Carras as Max.

The story is about the German occupation of Greece and the resistance by the Greeks.

Outline

After two decades, the poisoned memories of WWII still haunt a selfless patriot. Will she ever forget her former conservatoire classmate and relentless SS leader; the tortures, or her Resistance fighter husband? Can she forgive and forget?

Cast

  • Aliki Vougiouklaki …. Natassa Arseni.
  • Dimitris Papamichael …. Orestis.
  • Costas Carras …. Max Reuter.
  • Eleni Zafeiriou …. Natassa’s mother.
  • Kakia Panagiotou …. Liza.
  • Andreas Filippidis …. Natassa’s father.
  • Spyros Kalogirou …. Major.

Trivia

  • The film, Ipolochagos Natassa (1970) sold 751,117 tickets in Athens, which made it the most successful film in Greece, a record held for almost three decades (1st out of 87 movies).
  • The initial title of the movie was “Lieutenant Nausica” (in greek “Ypolohagos Nausica”).
    • Aliki did not like this name at all, so she requested the name “Natassa” instead.
  • According to Makis Delaportas, biographer of Greek cinema’s greatest actors, director Nikos Foskolos told Aliki Vougiouklaki to bring with her the most plain dress she had, for the needs of the shootings.
    • However, even though Aliki brought with her a dress that was plain, in fact it was expensive and made of silk.
    • Thereafter, during the shooting of the scene where Aliki portrays the tormented, tied up Natassa, the director cut the dress with a scissor and stained it with mud, making it look awful.
    • Aliki started crying her heart out and the director said “Let’s film guys, now that Aliki’s crying”.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Nikos Foskolos.
  • Producer(s):
    • Filopoimin Finos … producer (uncredited).
  • Writer(s):
    • Nikos Foskolos.
  • Music:
    • Kostas Kapnisis.
  • Cinematography:
    • Giorgos Arvantis.
    • Nikos Gardelis.
    • Dimos Sakelariou.
  • Editor(s):
    • Vasilis Syropoulos.
  • Production:
    • Finos Film.
  • Distributor(s):
    • Finos Film (1970) (Greece) (theatrical).
    • Finos Films on Video (1986) (Greece) (VHS).
    • Victory (2007) (Greece) (DVD).
  • Release Date: 21 December 1970 (Greece).
  • Running time: 136 minutes.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: Greece.
  • Language: Greek.

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