The Cannon and the Nightingale


Director: Iakovos Kampanellis, Giorgos Kampanellis
Writer: Iakovos Kampanellis
Director of Photography: George Kavoukidis, Syrakos Danalis
Editing: Yianna Spyropoulou
Music: Nikos Mamangakis
Production: George Kampanellis
Country of Production: Greece
Runtime: 105 min
Production Year: 1968
Language: Greek
Subtitles: English

Cast: Dionysis Papagiannopoulos, Niki Triantafyllidis, Giorgos Danis, Giorgos Tzortzis, Giorgos Kampanellis, Manos Katrakis


Modular film, consisting of autonomous stories with a common theme of the behavior of Greeks when they are under foreign yoke. An independent production that Iakovos Kambanellis co-directed with his brother George Kampanellis, actor and producer of the film, was screened for a month and then banned by the junta, but after viewers understood the film's indirect references to the dictatorship. A film-precursor of the later "cinema of the creator" and the most beloved of Kampanellis himself, as in it he was able to freely develop his artistic vision.


Iakovos Kampanellis

Iakovos Kampanellis (, 1921 - 2011) was a Greek playwright, lyricist, screenwriter, journalist and academic. Among his theatrical plays the most famous are "Stella with the red gloves", "Seventh day of creation", "The Courtyard of miracles", "Age of the night", "Fairy tale without a name", "Neighborhood of Angels", "Viva Aspasia", "Odysseus came home", "Colony of the punished", "Our great circus", "The enemy people" and "Faces for violin and orchestra".

George Kampanellis

Giorgos Kambanellis (1930 - 2010) was a Greek actor, brother of screenwriter Iakovos Kambanellis, who excelled in zen premiere roles in cinema. He directed with his brother the film The Cannon and the Nightingale in 1968.