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A Matter of Dignity (To Telefteo Psema)

“The Greeks call it ‘philotimo,' the business of saving face; and in the upper echelons of urban society it is at its most insidious. When financial disaster strikes the family in A Matter Of Dignity the last thing to be sacrificed is the chic cocktail party, the first is the daughter of the house who must become bait for a rich husband without him realising their plight. Here is Cacoyannis at his most perceptive, the bridge party where the hostess dare not lose; the whisky bottle getting perilously low, the faithful servant exploited until she erupts into peasant fury. Lambetti is at her finest as the frivolous daughter.”

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