The Barefoot Bataillon, (To Xypolito Tagma)
Tallas Gregg, Greece, 1955
  • Original Title: Barefoot battalion
  • Direction: Gregg Tallas
  • Screenplay: Nico Katsiotes
  • Story: Nico Katsiotes
  • Cinematography: Mihalis Gaziadis
  • Music: Mikis Theodorakis
  • Editing: Gregg Tallas
  • Assistant Editor: Despoina Kontogiorgou
  • Sound: Mikes Damalas
  • Special Effects: James Gream
  • Duration: 93'
  • Lighting: Kostas Karanasos
  • Property Master: Kostas Doukas
  • Colour: Black & White
  • Genre: Drama
  • Production: Petros Boudoures/Gregg Tallas
  • Awards: Golden Medal Award,Edinburg International Film Festival 1955
  • Cast: Maria Kosti (Alexandra), Nikos Fermas (Captain Mavros), Antonios Voulgaris (Nikos), Vasilios Frangedakis (Andreas), Christos Sokouroglou (Jo), Evangelos Yiotopoulos (Jakob), Stavros Krozos (Dimitris - Kid), Manolis Rigas (Professor), George Axiotis (Thanos), Nicholas Zaharias (Stavros), Kaiti Jini (Little Martha), Apostolis Bekiaros (Dimitris – adult), Ilias Papadopoulos, Lola Xatzichristou, Despoina Kontogiorgou
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Inspired by the tragedy of the German Occupation of Greece during the war, Tallas made Bareffot Bataillon. Set in an occupied country racked by suffering and starvation the film tells the story of 160 children who having been kicked out of their reformatory by the Germans and the black – marketers, in order to keep themselves and those who need help. Tallas achieved a wonderful neorealist film, avoiding the traps of melodrama with which the topic was rife, and reproducing the atmosphere of sheer desperation that had taken possession of Thessaloniki, a city surrendered to a harsh winter with no hope on sight. The editing and the rhythm of the film bear out Rene Claire who placed Tallas among the great film editors of the world. The film was nominated for the best Foreign Academic Award and it won first prize at the Edinburgh Film Festival.

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  • Grosdanis Yannis, Mylonaki Angeliki (eds), Cine Thessaloniki: Stories from the city and the cinema (in Greek) University Studio Press, Thessaloniki, 2012
  • Kollia,Katerina , ‘Το εγχείρημα της νεωτερικής γραφής και η αναπαράσταση των παιδιών στο Ξυπόλητο τάγμα’ [The Undertaking of Modernist Writing & the Representation of Children in Barefoot Battalion] in Vaso Theodorou, Maria Moumoulidou and Anastasia Oikonomidou (eds) «Πιάσε με αν μπορείς…» Η παιδική ηλικία και οι αναπαραστάσεις της στον σύγχρονο ελληνικό κινηματογράφο [Catch if you can. Represantations of Childhood in Contemporary Greek Cinema]. Aigokeros, Athens, 2006
  • Mylonaki Angeliki, "Thessaloniki of Greek Cinema (1950-1970), Θεσσαλονικέων Πόλις, Τεύχος 20 (Σεπτέμβριος 2006), σ. 26-35
  • Poupou, Anna, ‘The Geography of Neo-Realism in Greece: City Images, Urban Representations and Aesthetics of Space’. In Greek Cinema: Texts, Histories, Identities, edited by Lydia Papadimitriou and Yannis Tzioumakis, 257-269. Bristol, Chicago: Intellect, 2012
  • Sotiropoulou Chrisanthy, Kινούμενα τόπια κινηματογραφικές αποτυπώσεις του ελληνικού χώρου [Transient landscapes of Greece in Film] Metaixmio ,Athens, 2001
  • Spirou Dimitris The Barefoot Bataillon, Neaniko Plano, http://www.neanikoplano.gr/content/διάφορα-κείμενα
  • Vervenioti, Tasoula The Barefoot Bataillon. Από τη «θερμή δεκαετία του 40 στην ψυχροπολεμική μεταπολεμική κοινωνία [From the Heated Decade of the 40s to Post War Society during the Cold War Era in Vaso Theodorou, Maria Moumoulidou and Anastasia Oikonomidou (eds) «Πιάσε με αν μπορείς…» Η παιδική ηλικία και οι αναπαραστάσεις της στον σύγχρονο ελληνικό κινηματογράφο [Catch if you can. Represantations of Childhood in Contemporary Greek Cinema]. Aigokeros, Athens, 2006

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