#055 – Recommendations

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  • Living Dangerously – Nikos Perakis – 1987
  • One morning on the day of the Cup Final, in which the Greek national team is to play, Karamanos, an employee of TOE, the Hellenic Telecom Organisation, connects his CEO’s personal computer to a complex explosive device. He threatens to blow up the floor and the satellite links above, unless he is allowed to appear on a national network ten minutes before the football match is broadcast in order to denounce all the evils plaguing the life of the Greek citizen and making him the victim of a corrupt, party-controlled state.

In their efforts to foil his plans, the authorities round up all his old army buddies, looking for incriminating evidence that they too were members of the terrorist organization SYAGON (Constitutional Struggle), of which Karamanos is the founder. be. Through a series of absurd events the whole system comes under fire: government, political parties, institutions, police, media, consumerism etc

My favourite bit is when Karamanos can’t use the speech he wrote on tv as his “mates” have stolen big parts of his ideology for the political parties they advise.

I first saw in on SBS in the late 80s or early 90s and couldn’t believe a satirical film such as this came out of Greece (I was used to the melodramatic films of the 50s and 60s my parents watched).

Difficult to find these days, it’s on dvd.

http://www.nikosperakis.gr/film-detail-en.php?id=1004#/intro

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  • The Exorcist – Fox – 10 eps

Angela Rance believes something is very wrong in her home. Plagued by increasingly frightening nightmares, she isn’t the only one in her family suffering: her husband Henry is slowly losing his mind, while their older daughter spends all of her time locked in her room and the younger one believes she hears strange noises coming from inside the walls. Desperate, she turns to Father Tomas Ortega — the progressive leader of their suburban Chicago parish — setting him on a collision course with old school Vatican soldier Father Marcus Brennan, as all their fates become entangled in a battle against an ancient force of evil.

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