The musical Rembetiko sparked a rediscovery of rembetika music, the "Greek Blues." This passionate, soulful music, born of the plight and pain of the poor, captured the hearts and imaginations of the Greek people. Costas Ferris's classic film is the tale of a Greek singer's remarkable career from the backstreet taverns of Pireas to the nightclubs of Chicago.
Award-winning Greek actress Sophia Leonardou, who also co-scripted, stars as Marika, a rembetika singer whose family immigrated to Greece from Smyrna after the Turks pillaged the city in 1922. The family's life in Pireas provides a colorful backdrop to explore the heart and sould of rembetika.
Rembetiko is enchanting yet melancholy, stark, but smoldering - much like the music itself.
The best available source material was used in the making of this DVD. The cultural significance of the music and story deems it important to bring Rembetiko to DVD despite the variable condition of this source material.
- 40 minutes of additional footage
- Rembetiko: Singing the Blues, a Facets Cine-Notes collectible booklet
Greece / 1983 / Fullscreen / 150 minutes / In Greek with English Subtitles / All Zone NTSC DVD
This DVD conforms with the NTSC DVD format and is compatible with North America DVD Players. If purchasing for use in another region and you do not have an NTSC compatible DVD player, please contact us for availability of other formats. For outside the US you may want to consider the Greek Release.