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Rembetiko, a unique and fascinating drama from Greece, uses a heart-wrenching story to explore rembetika music, a form of urban blues that was popular among the lower classes and social outcasts through much of the 20th century.

Greek actress Sotiria Leonardou, who also co-scripted, stars as Marika, a rembetika singer whose family immigrated to Greece from Smyrna after the Turks pillaged the city in 1922. The family's hard life in the slums of Piraeas provides a colorful backdrop to explain the origins and meaning of rembetiko. Marika's rise as a singer parallels the political history of Greece, connecting the times to the music. Her life is full of torment, and her pain is evident in her singing.

Often compared to American blues, rembetiko is a passionate style of music that expresses the history and depth of a lost culture. Rembetiko offers a glimpse into that culture through the turbulent story and the haunting original soundtrack by Stavros Xarhakos.


Studio Facets Multimedia
SKU 205115683
UPC 736899110420
UPC 14 00736899110420
Format DVD
Release Date 1/26/2010
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Cast & Crew
Costas Ferris - Director
Costas Ferris - Writer
Costas Ferris - Producer
George Zervoulakos - Producer
Manolis Maridakis - Art Director
Michalis Maniatis - Actor
Nikos Kalogeropoulos - Actor
Sotiria Leonardou - Actor
Sotiria Leonardou - Writer
Stavros Xarhakos - Original Music By
Takis Zervoulakos - Cinematographer
Themis Bazaka - Actor
Yanna Spyropoulou - Editor
ReviewSource Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Review This gripping emotional musical fictionalized biopic, cowritten and directed by Costas Ferris ("Oh Babylon"/"The Murderess"), uniquely chronicles the story of Greece from 1917 to 1956...Rembetiko singing is a particular Greek stylized form of "Urban Blues" that's compared to the American blues as soul music for those who have a tale of woe. It originated in the hashish dens of Pireaus and Thessaloniki around the turn of the 20th century and was influenced by eastern elements that came with the forced immigration of 2 million Greek refugees from Asia Minor. In the 1950s it gave way to the Greek Popular Music ('Laika') which used the same instruments but surfaced from the underground and cleaned up its act...The film's music is powerful and plays better than the sob story or the leftist history lesson. When the musicians play on their violins, fiddles, the turkish saz (a type of lute), the bouzouki and, its smaller brothers, the tzouras and the baglamas, and the singers belt out their melancholy songs, the film is bursting with life and is energized. The music gloriously tells you all you want to know about the hardships, joys, loves and fights for survival that a rembetiko singer had to endure.
Reviewer Dennis Schwartz
ReviewRating 8
DVD, English, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews ...[a] gripping emotional musical fictionalized biopic...[the] music is powerful...the film is bursting with life...
Los Angeles Times The film's sound is as rich as its color...
San Francisco Chronicle ...enchanting...

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