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Never on Sunday (Greek: Ποτέ την Κυριακή, Poté tin Kyriakí) is a 1960 Greek romantic comedy film, written by, directed by, and starring Jules Dassin.
The film tells the story of Ilya, a Greek prostitute (Melina Mercouri), and Homer (Dassin), an American classicist. Homer attempts to steer her towards morality, while Ilya attempts to make Homer more relaxed.
Ilya, a self-employed, free-spirited prostitute who lives in the port of Piraeus in Greece, meets Homer, an American tourist and classical scholar who is enamored of all things Greek. Homer feels Ilya’s life style typifies the degradation of Greek classical culture, and attempts to steer her onto the path of morality, while, at the same time, Ilya attempts to loosen Homer up.
The bouzouki theme of the movie was a hit. The movie won the Academy Award for Best Original Song (Manos Hadjidakis for “Never on Sunday”). It was nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Mercouri), Best Costume Design, Black-and-White, Best Director, and Best Writing, Story and Screenplay as Written Directly for the Screen (both Dassin). Mercouri won the award for Best Actress at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival.
Original title Ποτέ την Κυριακή
IMDb Rating 7.4 5,260 votes
TMDb Rating 7.1 41 votes