In 1930, the well-known Operetta the
"Apaches of Athens"
Ioannis Prineas – Nikos Chatziapostolou
, filmed by
and the company
Doug Film SA
(Gaziadis Brothers), as "sonic and inaudible", with the prematurely lost
Mary Sagianou – Katselis
Petros Epikratakis, Ioannis Prineas, Maria Mantiniou, Stella Christoforidou, Petros Kyriakos
and George Christoforidis. In the reklama of the time it is advertised that 500 people appear in the film. The music of Chatziapostolou is performed by the British orchestra
. The sound and music of the film comes from ODEON plates(discs), a system that had already been spread in America.
The first screening takes place at the Attikon Cinema on Monday, April 28, 1930.
Newspapers dedicate many columns to the interesting film for the time.
"One progress, one step",
writes the press of the time. The critic
writes among others in the magazine
issue of May 1930:
"The film is the first local audio. So far, of course, we were not satisfied. We admit, however, that it is a good and honourable effort of particular importance for the local film production, through which the Gaziadi Brothers showed us that we can follow, even quite remotely, the progressive trends of the seventh art...
The performance of the very good performances, the soundtrack of the film, was blameless. Unfortunately, the performance of the songs did not present any synchronization. Let me explain. We saw on the screen the artists whose voice we heard, before or when their chant is finished being heard, with closed lips or drinking. Then the performance of the other sounds, a railway car, etc., was somewhat confusing. But the disadvantages of the sound side of the film, for me at least, are forgiven...