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Young Aphrodites (1966)

Eleni Prokopiou , Takis Emmanuel , Nikos Koundouros  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Eleni Prokopiou, Takis Emmanuel, Kleopatra Rota, Vangelis Ioannidis, Zannino
  • Directors: Nikos Koundouros
  • Writers: Kostas Sfikas, Longus, Theokritos, Vasilis Vasilikos
  • Producers: Nikos Koundouros, Daniel Bourla, Giorgos Zervos
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Greek
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Cinema Epoch
  • DVD Release Date: May 8, 2007
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NDFI7O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,644 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Young Aphrodites" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

This rarely seen classic is available for the first time on DVD! The Greek myth of Daphnis and Chloe is told through the tale of the sexual awakening of two adolescents in a Greek tribe.

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70 of 79 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars an enigmatic, disturbing film June 17, 2007
This film is a mixture of realism and myth. There are hints of Daphnis and Chloe, but this is not their story at all.

A naive and good young boy (played by a blonde boy of about eleven) travels with a group of sheepherders. At one of their stops, he wanders off and finds a mysterious young girl of about 13 or 14. He falls in love with her, but she plays hard to get and sets tasks for him to do in order to win her. At one point, she teases him wearing a loose garment off one shoulder. There are several shots in which her young breasts are visible, but the twilight is dim. At the end (spoiler coming), an older boy of his group sees the girl, throws her to the ground and rapes her. She screams and resists at first, then throws herself into it. The boy is totally disallusioned, and we see him walking off into the sea dragging the albatross that has been a bond between him and the girl throughout the movie.

That's really it. You make of it what you will, but few people will be able to watch this movie and not have strong mixed feelings of one kind or another.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging ! May 13, 2008
Overall, a very well made movie. But the most fascinating aspect of this film--- which I believe indeviduals who give this film a bad review forget--- is that the film is based on an ancient Greek myth, and interpreted by modern Greeks. That is why I have given this film 5 stars; because from the music to the actors, the whole production is authentically Greek. And after all, that is the point of viewing foreign films! The erotic aspect... well, any boy who has gone through puberty should be able to understand the almost hapless.. I mean helpless state of the boy in the film. Truly the story of us all.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Retsina Makes her clothes fall off December 21, 2008
The appeal of this film is 12-year-old Kleopatra Rota's inability to keep her body covered with the wisp of a garment provided by the costume department. However the film as a whole has a haunting beauty and the feeling of a bleak fairy tale. it begs to be read allegorically. You have men in the wilderness with their animals, women behind the wall of a village. A mature woman longs for the freedom, sexual and otherwise, the shepherds enjoy and struggles with her desire personified by a mature shepherd. A young girl struggles with her emerging sexuality in an innocent game with a boy just feeling his hormones, and is raped and surrenders to a somewhat older boy so besotted with hormones he can't speak. Taken together, the five characters represents, stages, motivations, and possibilities of the never ending dance between men and women. But this is all done visually, with a subtle story arc, so that you feel the motivations without having them articulated. The characters are fantastic, the music great, everything a bit exotic. Way better than all the david hamilton films put together.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Galina
The film The Young Aphrodites is loosely based on Daphnis and Chloe , one of the best known early Greek romances, precursors to the modern novel. It has been reinterpreted in music and art by Ravel and Chagall and in cinema by Nikos Koundouros in 1963.

Written by Longus in the second century A.D, Daphnis and Chloe is a classical romance involving the adventures of two foundling children raised by adopted parents who are humble shepherds in the idyllic setting of the Isle of Lesbos. It is a famous love story that captures the awakening of a first love between two teenagers who don't know what is happening to them. The novel that was written almost two thousand years ago is surprisingly modern; it is erotic, tender, romantic, sensual, and simply beautiful.

The ancient but forever young tale of the sexual awakening as adapted and retold by Nikos Koundouros in Young Aphrodites, takes place on a poetic island that might have came from ancient times. The film it full of symbolism, innocence, and darkness of desire and longing. Young Aphrodites, may and will disturb some or perhaps many viewers who are uncomfortable with the subject of youth sexuality, especially by the very young age of two actors, and by (even if artfully done) nudity of a young actress playing Chloe, Comparing to the novel of Dafnis and Chloe, the film is much darker and its ending can be viewed as dramatic even heartbreaking loss of innocence and first overwhelming love. The film creator, the Greek Director Nikos Koundouros refers to it as a film of desperation - "Desperation which is described in beautiful blue waters of Aegean Sea, with two young kids exploring their bodies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars bittersweet introduction to love May 23, 2013
Format:VHS Tape
I saw this film on the first night I was in London in 1967. I had not heard of it, merely coming across it by chance as I wandered the streets. It is not everybody's cup of tea, and should be avoided by anyone who is puritanical. It deals in part with a boy and girl whose bittersweet introduction to love and sex is the focus of the main narrative. I liked the music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good old film April 26, 2012
This is an old film, but for a long time I have wanted to watch it.
I got it. Thank you so much. The story itself and images are simple
but therefore they are natural and beautiful. I love the film.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 26 days ago by virgilio e. hoffmann
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor plot.
Boy meets girl...The plot is hard to follow. I'm not sure what the plot was all about. I don't think there was much Greek culture
Published 23 months ago by JonLePew
3.0 out of 5 stars Interestiong but slow paced
I am not someone who needs explosions and car chases so when I say the movie is slow it is because the director purposely has paced it that way. Read more
Published on August 25, 2012 by T12
5.0 out of 5 stars 1960s classic still shines
I first saw "Young Aphrodites" in 1968 and was blown away by its lyrical beauty. It has the same effect after more than 40 years. Read more
Published on July 21, 2012 by D. S. Thomson
3.0 out of 5 stars Unpleasant and Strange
For anyone looking for a classical love story in a romantic setting, be advised, the young couple are living amidst some really crude unpleasant men doing strange things for almost... Read more
Published on November 16, 2009 by R. P. Reynolds
4.0 out of 5 stars Young Aphrodites
Though this movie is lacking in action & adventure at times, it's still well worth one's time to watch & young Takis Emmanquel does an excellent job with a limited script. Read more
Published on May 20, 2009 by Steven Janasik
1.0 out of 5 stars What a waste of time!
Watched this DVD with great interest having a bit of knowledge of the old story it was based on. I know it is an old movie and Greeks had a great pride in their conquests but for... Read more
Published on January 15, 2008 by E. Hagen
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