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Kali Nihta, Socrates

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Film Identifier: F.2004-01-0975
Run Time
0h 34m 27s
Date Produced
"Kali Nikta, Socrates" ("Goodnight, Socrates")is a story-documentary film about the destruction of a small Greek community in Chicago to make way for urban renewal. As the film was being shot, the neighborhood was being razed to make space for the Kennedy Expressway and the new campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago. It captures the real-life destruction of buildings and culture as seen through the eyes of a ten-year-old boy of Greek descent. Northwestern University theatre students Stuart Hagmann and Maria Moraites made the film with a grant from the North Shore Film Society. It went on to win the Golden Lion, or first prize, at the 1962 Venice International Film Festival. Apparently Jean Renoir “liked the film very much,” while John Houseman found the narration “egregious.” We’ll let you judge for yourself!
Main Credits
Hagmann, Stewart (is director)
Additional Credit
Hagmann, Stewart (is cinematographer)
Hagmann, Stewart (is contributor)
Moraites, Maria (is writer)
Moraites, Maria (is cinematographer)
Related Place
Chicago (production location of)