The great love songs

Ο μεγάλος ερωτικός

Τhe Great Love Songs is series of ten poems by, among others, Sappho, Elytis, Myrtiotissa, Sarantari, and cavafy, put to music by Manos Hadjidakis. In the film, the camera lens illustrates the emotions stirred by the erotic atmosphere of the music. We follow the camera as it wanders through Athens; the nostalgic Athens of yesteryear; the big modern-day city; the Athens of lovers; the Athens of tourists. Our journey through the city is intercut with footage from the studio recordings of the songs, while there also scenes featuring the film crew. The film is a game between image and sound.

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Direction: Pantelis Voulgaris
Script: Pantelis Voulgaris
Cinematography: Yorgos Arvanitis, Yorgos Panoussopoulos
Editing: Yorgos Panoussopoulos
Sound: Panos Panoussopoulos, Stelios Yannakopoulos
Music: Manos Hadjidakis
Actors: Eleni Kyritsi, Andreas Sinanos, Eleni Voutsi, Dimitris Kyritsis, Antonis Tsarkos, Anna Vagena
Producers: Manos Hadjidakis, Pantelis Voulgaris, Nassos Katakouzinos
Costumes: Yannis Kalaitzis
Sets: Yannis Kalaitzis
Format: 16mm
Color: Colour
Production Country: Greece
Production Year: 1973
Duration: 78'

Pantelis Voulgaris

He was born in Athens in 1940. He studied Film Direction at the Hellenic Cinema and Television School Stavrakos in Athens and after his graduation, he worked as an assistant director on many films. His films have received numerous international awards. His film Little England was the official entry of Greece for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award.


1966 Jimmy the Tiger (short)
1972 The Engagement of Anna
1973 The Great Love Songs (doc)
1976 Happy Day
1980 Eleftherios Venizelos
1981 Karolos Koun (doc)
1985 Stone Years
1987 Yannis Ritsos (doc)
1988 The Striker with the Number 9
1991 Quiet Days in August
1995 Acropol
1998 It's a Long Road
2004 Brides
2009 Soul Deep
2013 Little England
2017 The Last Note