The Apaches of Athens – The First Film with “Sound and Speech” Produced in Greece

The Apaches of Athens original poster. (Photo by Greek Film Archive Foundation via snf.org)

ATHENS – A historic Greek film of 1930, deemed lost for many decades, was found in the Cinémathèque Française archives and returns to the Stavros Niarchos Hall’s “big screen”, with the support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), as result of the collaboration between the Greek Film Archive Foundation and the Greek National Opera.

The Apaches of Athens (1930) by the Brothers Gaziadis is based on Nikos Hadjiapostolou and Giannis Prineas’ legendary operetta of the same title and constitutes an attempt to create the first film with “sound and speech” produced in Greece.
(Photo by Greek Film Archive Foundation via snf.org)
The film, starring some legendary figures of the Greek music scene, such as Petros Kyriakos, Mary Sayanou, Petros Epitropakis, Giannis Prineas, e.t.c., has been an important and lost -until today- link in the history of early Greek cinema. The key power of this filmed operetta lies in the lofty aesthetics of its filming, which splendidly records some of the most significant landmarks of Athens and its surroundings, while capturing the 1930s everyday life in the areas of Plaka, Psyrri, Agora, Thiseio, Gazi, Haftia, Syntagma Square, Omonia, Stadiou and Panepistimiou streets, and even the Tatoi Palace.
The film will be performed with live music, in an effort to restore the work’s original – and for ever lost – soundtrack. After its first presentation at the Greek National Opera, the restored copy of the film will travel to major film festivals of early cinema across the world.
World Premiere of the restored copy: Saturday, February 15th, 20:00, Stavros Niarchos Hall of the Greek National Opera (SNFCC)
Free admission upon priority vouchers
With the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation Symphony Orchestra and Greek National Opera Soloists. Conductor: Anastasios Symeonidis
Find out more here.