Pote tin Kyriaki
Free spirit and prostitute Ilya (Melina Mercouri in an Oscar-nominated performance) lives in a Greek port city, making friends often and easily. She encounters Homer Thrace (Jules Dassin), a vacationing American who is obsessed with ancient Greek culture.
Homer feels that modern Greece is a shadow of its former self, and he believes that Ilya is a prime example of contemporary decadence. He makes it his goal to amend Ilya's easy-going ways, but she has stronger principles than Homer expected.
Dassin’s classic from the Craxton era, was made in the year that Craxton moved to his home on the venetian harbour at Chania, Crete. Craxton had a musical connection with the film’s composer, Manos Hadjidakis, and soon afterwards secured the help of the star of the film, Melina Mercouri, in his successful campaign to save the harbour from demolition.