The Downfall (film)

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O Katiforos
The Downhill
Ο Κατήφορος
Directed by Giannis Dalianidis
Written by Giannis Dalianidis
Starring Zoe Laskari
Nikos Kourkoulos
Vangelis Voulgaridis
Pantelis Zervos
Kostas Voutsas
Mirka Kalatzopoulou
Nitsa Marouda
Eleni Zafeirou
Distributed by Finos Films
Release date
  • 1961 (1961)
Country Greece
Language Greek

The Downfall (Greek: O Katiforos, Greek: Ο Κατήφορος) is a 1961 Greek drama film made by Finos Films. It was directed by Giannis Dalianidis and starring Zoi Laskari, Nikos Kourkoulos, Vangelis Voulgaridis and Pantelis Zervos.[1][2][3][4]

The movie made 161,331 tickets first class cinemas in Athens and Piraeus.


A group of Greek youngster in the early 1960s, lead their lives ignoring their parents. Three of them are: Rea (Zoe Laskari), whose parents do not pay much attention to the carefree way of life she leads, Costas (Nikos Kourkoulos), Rea's boyfriend, who comes from a broken home and is secretly engaging in love affairs with other girls and Petros (Vangelis Voulgaridis), who is a kind and gentle person and is also in love with Rea. Their main concern is the same as most of the 1960s youngsters, i.e. going to parties where we can see the decadent way in which they have fun (passionate dancing, kissing, striptease etc.). A few days later, Rea learns about Costas' promiscuous life, dumps him and decides to have an affair with Petros. Costas, in order to get his revenge, arranges a meeting in a park where he abandons her naked. After humiliating her like that, he has an affair with her sister, Lena (Mirka Kalantzopoulou). Rea gets furious and wanting to protect her sister from that evil person, kills him. She is led to court, where her attorney is her own father, and after a very long trial, Lena reveals the true reason the crime took place, an action that helps Rea get a lighter sentence.[5][6]



  • The film marked Zoe Laskari's debut in cinema.
  • The protagonistic role was offered to Aliki Vougiouklaki but she took it down due to the nude scenes that had to be shot.
  • Zoe Laskari poses as a threat to Aliki Vougiouklaki's vast popularity.
  • The film boosted Nikos Kourkoulos's Kostas Voutsas's and Vangelis Voulgaridis's popularity.
  • The movie reached number one at the Greek box office that year.
  • After the movie Zoe Laskari signed an exclusive contract with Finos Films her being paid every month.
  • The movie was screened worldwide and was number one in the box-office in Mexico during the season 1962-63 and was played for 57 consecutive weeks in the cinemas of Mexico City.
  • The movie was due to be shown at the 1961 Thessaloniki Film Festival, but Filopimin Finos withdrew it (along with two others) because he didn't agree with the festival schedule.
  • The success of the movie led to more films dealing with the issues of the so-called "raging youth" and "teddy boys" (punks) to be produced in the Greek cinema.

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  3. ^ The Greek Film Musical: A Critical and Cultural History - Page 21
  4. ^ Dimitris Koliodimos -The Greek Filmography, 1914 Through 1996 - Page 278 1999 "Mirka Kalatzopoulou and Zoe Laskari, two sisters in a face-to-face dramatic scene from the dramatic film Katiforos (Spoiled Rotten) that led both of them to stardom"
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