Kavafis (1996) AKA Cavafy


C.P. Cavafy (1863-1933) was a Greek poet who wrote exquisitely about his beloved cities, Alexandria and Constantinople, and about the beautiful, sexually available men who lived in them. Thanks to Lawrence Durrell’s frequent favorable mention of him in his popular novels The Alexandria Quartet, Cavafy has become a figure of considerable literary interest outside of Greek and homosexual circles. Part biography, part fantasy, but very much in the spirit of the poet’s work, this film begins in 1933 as a young literateur reads to Cavafy, lying abed in an Alexandrian hospital. Cavafy drifts away into memories from his life and the film takes up his story from childhood.

Director: Yannis Smaragdis. AKA Cavafy
Stars: Dimitris Katalifos, Vasilis Diamantopoulos, Maya Lymberopoulou, Lazaros Georgakopoulos, Manos Meletiou, Giorgos Moshidis, Vasilis Andreopoulos, Alexandros Koukos, Vassilis Seimenis, Giannis Rigas, Maria Katsiadaki, Hristos Ninis, Babis Giotopoulos, Tzoulia Souglakou.


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  1. December 1, 2019

    what a rare treat……i had no idea this even existed! many thanks!

  2. Sheldon Izen
    June 14, 2022

    I heard about this movie when it first came out, but at that time it was not available in the USA. Thank you so much for providing access. I loved it, and will watch again.

  3. Kristoff Botski
    March 12, 2024

    While visually very beautiful visually, this is a very superficial stab at Cavafy’s life.

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