The writings of Bill Mousoulis
The Immigrant (O Metanastis)
“Focus on the Greek Diaspora” season at ACMI has some older films in the
program, and this rare film from the mid-‘60s is worth seeing (this Saturday,
2:00 pm). A simple, unpretentious film,
it is interesting for the way it shifts tones, from irreverent black comedy to
conventional drama to poignant melodrama. This mélange should not really work, but it somehow does, the director
deftly juggling and placing these modes into a satisfactory whole.
This film is
sharp, in its presentation of the twin poles of sacrifice and
exploitation. Any small town is rife
with psychoses, of course, because of the inherent insularity, but this film
does not pull its punches when it comes to showing what people can do to each
other, even within a blood-tie. Thank
God then for the moments of transcendental love that are also in play in the story!
© Bill Mousoulis January 2008.
This report first appeared in Neos Kosmos.