Nikos Tsiforos

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Nikos Tsiforos
Νίκος Τσιφόρος
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Born27 August 1912
Died6 August 1970
Athens, Greece
OccupationScreenwriter, film director
Years active1948–1970

Nikos Tsiforos (Greek : Νίκος Τσιφόρος; 27 August 1912 6 August 1970) was a Greek humorist, screenwriter, and film director. He has 64 film scripts to his credit between 1948 and 1970. He further directed 17 films between 1948 and 1961.



He was born in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1912; two years later, his family was permanently resettled in Athens. From age eleven to his death, Nikos Tsiforos had been writing with gusto. In 1938, he wrote his first play, performed in an outdoors theatre in Freattyda; although his first effort did not quite succeed, young Nikos was not disappointed. He went on to earn a degree in Law, and work, for two years, at the Election Supervision Council. He soon resigned to travel the seas.

He continued switching jobs regularly until 1939, all the while writing film scripts as well as doing other types of writing. His first big break came in 1944 when the company of Dimitris Horn and Mairi Aroni staged a play of his at the Akropol theatre. The play was "Η Πινακοθήκη των Ηλιθίων" (The portrait gallery of dolts). In 1948-1949, he scripted and directed his first film Τελευταία αποστολή (Last Mission).

He went on to work as a reporter for the Athens press: newspapers (Φιλελεύθερος; Βήμα; Ελεύθερος Κόσμος), and magazines (Τραστ, Ρομάντσο, Ταχυδρόμος, Πάνθεον), all the while writing over 40 theatrical plays and over 80 film scripts.

He collaborated extensively with Polyvios Vassiliadis on numerous hit film scripts, earning exceptional renown for their scintillating wit and hilarious humor.

His deft use of the Greek contemporary vernacular is considered peerless by several leading literary critics.


Selected filmography

YearFilmTransliteration and translation
1950The Last MissionΤελευταία αποστολή
Teleftaia apostoli
1951My kid must liveTo paidi mou prepei na zisei
Το παιδί μου πρέπει να ζήσει
1953The Tower of KnightsΟ πύργος των ιπποτών
O pirgos ton ipoton
1954The Little MouseΤο ποντικάκι
To pondikaki
1954The wind of HateΟ άνεμος του μίσους
O anemos tou missous
1954The Belle of AthensΗ ωραία των Αθηνών
I oraia ton Athinon
1955Partying, Money, and LoveΓλέντι, λεφτά και αγάπη
Glendi, lefta ke agapi
1956Gypsy BloodΤσιγγάνικο αίμα
Tsiganiko ema
1957The Three Detectives Τρεις ντετέκτιβς
Treis detectives
1957The Ladies' manΟ γυναικάς
O yinekas
1958The Fat CatΟ λεφτάς
O leftas
1959The Treasure of the DeceasedΟ θησαυρός του μακαρίτη
O thisavros tou makariti
1960Three dolls and IΤρεις κούκλες κι εγώ
Treis koukles ki ego
1960Clearchos, Marina, and the short guyΟ Κλέαρχος η Μαρίνα και ο κοντός
O Klearchos i Marina kai o kondos
1967 Oh! That Wife of Mine Αχ αυτή η γυναίκα μου
Ach, afti i ghineka mou


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