Thou-Vou falakros praktor, epiheirisis "Yis Mathiam"

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Thou-Vou falakros praktor, epiheirisis "Yis Mathiam"
Θου-Βου Φαλακρός πράκτωρ: Επιχείρησις γης μαδιάμ
Thou-Vou1.jpg
Thanasis Veggos as "000"
Directed by Thanasis Vengos
Produced by Thanasis Vengos
Written by Giorgos Lazaridis
Starring Thanasis Vengos, Zannino, Antonis Papadopoulos
Cinematography Pavlos Filippou, Dinos Katsouridis, Dimitris Papakonstadis
Edited by Pavlos Filippou, Dinos Katsouridis
Distributed by Thanasis Vengos Tainies Geliou (Thanasis Vengos, Films of Laughter), Finos Film
Release date
  • 1969 (1969)
Running time
94 min
Country Greece
Language Greek

Thou-Vou falakros praktor, epiheirisis "Yis Mathiam" (Greek : Θου-Βου Φαλακρός πράκτωρ: Επιχείρησις Γης Μαδιάμ) is a 1969 Greek spy comedy film directed by Thanasis Vengos, written by Giorgos Lazaridis, and starring Thanasis Vengos, Zannino, and Antonis Papadopoulos. The film was shot in black-and-white.

Greek language Language spoken in Greece, Cyprus and Southern Albania

Greek is an independent branch of the Indo-European family of languages, native to Greece, Cyprus and other parts of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea. It has the longest documented history of any living Indo-European language, spanning more than 3000 years of written records. Its writing system has been the Greek alphabet for the major part of its history; other systems, such as Linear B and the Cypriot syllabary, were used previously. The alphabet arose from the Phoenician script and was in turn the basis of the Latin, Cyrillic, Armenian, Coptic, Gothic, and many other writing systems.

The year 1969 in film involved some significant events, with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid dominating the U.S. box office and becoming one of the highest-grossing films of all time and Midnight Cowboy, a film rated X, winning the Academy Award for Best Picture.

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The film was a sequel to Voitheia! O Vengos faneros praktor 000 (1967).

Voitheia! O Vengos faneros praktor 000 is a 1967 Greek spy comedy film directed by Thanasis Vengos, written by Napoleon Eleftheriou, and Nikos Tsiforos, and starring Thanasis Vengos, Zannino, Dimitris Nikolaidis, and Antonis Papadopoulos. The film was shot in black-and-white.

Title

The film title means Thou-Vou the Bald Agent and Operation Destruction of the Land"'.

The title character is codenamed Thou-Vou (Greek : Θου-Βου. "Thou" stands for Theta, "Vou" stands for Beta. They form the Greek initials of protagonist Thanasis Vengos (Θανάσης Βέγγος, pronounced: Thanássis Végos).

Theta is the eighth letter of the Greek alphabet, derived from the Phoenician letter Teth . In the system of Greek numerals it has the value 9.

Beta is the second letter of the Greek alphabet. In the system of Greek numerals it has a value of 2. In Ancient Greek, beta represented the voiced bilabial plosive. In Modern Greek, it represents the voiced labiodental fricative. Letters that arose from beta include the Roman letter ⟨B⟩ and the Cyrillic letters ⟨Б⟩ and ⟨В⟩.

"Yis Mathiam" derives from the terms Γης (Yis or Gis) for "Land" and Μαδιάμ (Mathiam or Madiam) for Midian, a Biblical area. The term is a byword of destruction in modern Greek.

Midian A geographical place mentioned in the Hebrew Bible

Midian is a geographical place mentioned in the Hebrew Bible and Quran. William G. Dever states that biblical Midian was in the "northwest Arabian Peninsula, on the east shore of the Gulf of Aqaba on the Red Sea", an area which he notes was "never extensively settled until the 8th–7th century B.C."

Plot

The inept secret agent Thou-Vou (Thanasis Vengos) has finally graduated. He and his fellow agent MAP 31 (Antonis Papadopoulos) partner up to open their own agency. Their first customers are drama film director Tzimis Paloukas (Vasilis Andreopoulos) and his associates from the film company "Ah Vah" (Greek: Αχ Βαχ, the term means woe). They task them with three missions but their true intention is to secretly film the agents in action. They are fully aware of their ineptness and intend to use the footage for Ah Vah's first comedy film. The missions are an excuse for a series of gags.

One of their missions involves searching for a hippie by the name of Roza Alimonou (Sofi Zanninou). Thou-Vou is convinced that this is the true identity of a Romani woman who happens to go by the name Roza (Sassa Kazeli). The misunderstanding causes fights in a Romani camp. Another has them take part in a catch wrestling match against wrestler Spazokefalos (Dimitri Karystinos), whose professional name means "Headbreaker". The third has them interrupt the filming process of one of Ah Vah's rival firms.

Hippie diminutive pejorative of hipster: 1960s counterculture participant

A hippie is a member of the counterculture of the 1960s, originally a youth movement that began in the United States during the mid-1960s and spread to other countries around the world. The word hippie came from hipster and was used to describe beatniks who moved into New York City's Greenwich Village and San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district. The term hippie first found popularity in San Francisco with Herb Caen, who was a journalist for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Romani people Ethnic group living mostly in Europe and the Americas

The Romani, colloquially known as Roma, are an Indo-Aryan ethnic group, traditionally itinerant, living mostly in Europe and the Americas and originating from the northern Indian subcontinent, from the Rajasthan, Haryana, and Punjab regions of modern-day India.

Catch wrestling Classical hybrid grappling style that was developed in Britain circa 1870

Catch wrestling is a classical hybrid grappling style and combat sport developed in Britain circa 1870 by J.G Chambers. It was popularized by wrestlers of travelling funfairs who developed their own submission holds, or "hooks", into their wrestling to increase their effectiveness against their opponents. Catch wrestling derives from a number of different styles, the English styles of Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling, Cornwall and Devon wrestling, Lancashire wrestling, Irish collar-and-elbow wrestling, and Indian pehlwani. The training of some modern submission wrestlers, professional wrestlers and mixed martial artists is founded in catch wrestling.

The final mission proves fatal for Thou-Vou. The film ends with the deceased agent in the afterlife, preparing to enter Heaven.

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