Greek film director Yannis Dalianides dies at age 87

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Yannis Dalianides, a Greek film director who worked on over 60 movies, has died at the age of 87. Dalianides died after spending a month in hospital. He was known as the "godfather" of the Greek musical and the "Gentle Knight of Popular Cinema".

Born in 1923, Dalianides was placed in a children's home until he was adopted. He made his first appearance in children's theatre at the age of 10. He studied at the Drama School of the Thessaloniki Conservatory, before moving to Vienna and studying dance. Dalianides tried choreography before turning to cinema.

After appearing as an actor he directed his first film in 1959, titled, Mousitsa (The Temptress). He continued to have success with films such as Some Like It Cold, Downhill, and Training Old Man Yorgis. From 1961 to 1977, Dalianides worked exclusively for the Fino's Film Company. Dalianides is credited with the introduction of the musical into Greece but preferred the term "musical comedy".

Dalianides worked into his seventies. His last project was Mikres Amarties, a television series made in 1999. Dalianides funeral will take place on Monday; he will be buried at Athens' First Cemetery.