Interview with actress and singer Melina Mercouri. She recalls the political events of 1966-1968, and her forced exile from her country, Greece, after the 1967 coup.
Melina Mercouri (1920-1994) was a significant figure in the XXth century's Greek culture. After her debuts as a theatre actress, she discovered cinema in 1955 through Stella, by her compatriot Michael Cacoyannis.
However, it was her meeting with Jules Dassin, an American filmmaker in exile because of McCarthyism, which was the determinant event of her life. The couple, united in life and in cinema, shot nine films together, from He Who Must Die (1957) to A Dream of Passion (1977). From this long collaboration, The Law (1958), Topkapi (1963) andPromise at Dawn (1969) are the most significant films. However, it was in 1960's Never on Sunday, where she sang Les Enfants du Pirée, which will forever remain the symbol of the couple, where they interpret the roles of Ilya, the beloved cocky prostitute and Homer, an American tourist who overflows with antique philosophy.
After the coming to power of the Colonels' dictatorship, Melina Mercouri had to exile herself in France where she constantly fought for her country's democracy. Back in Greece in 1974, she led a brilliant political career, where she twice became Minister of Culture.