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Encyclopedia > Never on Sunday
Never on Sunday
Directed by Jules Dassin
Written by Jules Dassin
Starring Melina Mercouri
Jules Dassin
George Foundas
Release date(s) October 1, 1960
Running time 91 min.
Country Flag of Greece Greece
Language English/Greek/Russian
IMDb profile

Never on Sunday (Greek: Ποτέ Την Κυριακή, "Pote Tin Kyriaki") is a 1960 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 — a classical scholar enamored with all things Greek. 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. It constitutes a variation of the Pygmalion story, but in this case, the male character is not just trying to create, or shape, a mate that he can then consider suitable for him, he is also a cultural colonialist/tourist. Even though he only has book knowledge about Greece (ancient Greece, that is), and speaks no Greek, he purports to teach a native Greek about who Greeks are. The idealistic Homer is met at every turn by a practical and wise Ilya, and when he fails to obtain the results he desired, he even violates the same morals and high standards that he so earnestly preached about. He is, in other words, the stereotypical missionary. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Jules Dassin (born Julius Dassin on December 18, 1911, in Middletown, Connecticut) is an American film director. ... Jules Dassin (born Julius Dassin on December 18, 1911, in Middletown, Connecticut) is an American film director. ... Melina Mercouri (Μελίνα Μερκούρη, born Maria Amalia Mercouri) (Athens, Greece, October 18, 1920 – New York City, March 6, 1994) was a famous Greek actress, singer, and political activist. ... Jules Dassin (born Julius Dassin on December 18, 1911, in Middletown, Connecticut) is an American film director. ... October 1 is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... Prostitution is the sale of sexual services (typically manual stimulation, oral sex, sexual intercourse, or anal sex) for cash or other kind of return, generally indiscriminately with many persons. ... It has been suggested that Kaminia (Piraeus), Greece be merged into this article or section. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Étienne Maurice Falconet: Pygmalion & Galatee (1763) Pygmalion is a fictional character from the Roman poet Ovid, found in the tenth book of his Metamorphoses. ...


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. Melina Mercouri (Μελίνα Μερκούρη, born Maria Amalia Mercouri) (Athens, Greece, October 18, 1920 – New York City, March 6, 1994) was a famous Greek actress, singer, and political activist. ... Jules Dassin (born Julius Dassin on December 18, 1911, in Middletown, Connecticut) is an American film director. ... Dance (from French danser, perhaps from Frankish) generally refers to movement used as a form of expression, social interaction or presented in a spiritual or performance setting. ... For other uses, see Music (disambiguation). ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Closed captioning. ... Greek (tetrachordo) Bouzouki The bouzouki (gr. ... Manos Hadjidakis (Μάνος Χατζιδάκις) (October 23, 1925–June 15, 1994) was a Greek music composer. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ...


The movie was written and directed by Dassin.


It won the Academy Award for Best Song (Manos Hadjidakis for "Never on Sunday"). It was nominated for the Academy Awards for, respectively, Best Actress in a Leading Role (Melina Mercouri), Best Costume Design, Black-and-White, Best Director and Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen. The Academy Award for Best Song is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are songwriters and composers. ... Manos Hadjidakis (Μάνος Χατζιδάκις) (October 23, 1925–June 15, 1994) was a Greek music composer. ... The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role is one of the awards given to actresses working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... This Academy Award was first given for movies made in 1948 when separate awards were given for black-and-white and color movies. ... The Academy Award for Directing is an accolade given to the person that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences feels was best director of the past year. ... // The Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay is the Academy Award for the best script not based upon previously published material. ...


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The DVD Journal | Quick Reviews: Never on Sunday (548 words)
Never on Sunday was something of a sensation when released in 1960.
In one charming, poignant scene, she pulls out her small record player, pops on a 45, and sings "Never on Sunday," which became a hit (the song is catchy — you cannot get it out of your head).
By then a confirmed expat, Dassin found his second wife in Mercouri; Never on Sunday is a sort of valentine to her.
NEVER ON SUNDAY + THE MAN FROM ELYSIAN FIELDS - DVDs (plus Km. 0 - Kilometer 0) (1070 words)
Never on Sunday suggests that education and, moreover, self-reflection are the joy killers--Homer winning an argument about Greek tragedy leads to a breakdown and an agreement, his mandate that Ilya "improve" herself made hollow by the dimming of Ilya's light.
As Homer walks away bemused by the close of Never on Sunday, the smile at the corner of his lip is that of a victim to something larger than him, rowdily untameable, and we are the better for it.
Never really convincing, Byron's transformation from icy intellectual to throbbing priapic to ghost writer for flagging wordsmith Tobias Alcott (James Coburn) takes a backseat, then, to the quieter observations of Luther's doomed courtship of cruel Jennifer (Anjelica Huston) and of Byron's marriage to the supportive-to-a-fault Dena (Julianna Margulies).
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