Review: ‘In the Shadow of Lemmy Caution’

Genre completists will want to check out "In the Shadow of Lemmy Caution," but most other auds will take a pass on this wannabe noir. Beefy, middle-aged thesp Lakis Komninos makes a suitably gruff hero, as an ex-cop involved in a crime by unknown perps, but pic's lack of irony and real atmosphere is a disappointment.

Genre completists will want to check out “In the Shadow of Lemmy Caution,” but most other auds will take a pass on this wannabe noir, subtitled “a tribute by (helmer) Nikos Zervos to Eddie Constantine.” Beefy, middle-aged thesp Lakis Komninos makes a suitably gruff hero, as an ex-cop involved in a crime by unknown perps, but pic’s lack of irony and real atmosphere is a disappointment. Noir fests may bite.

Aris Alexandrou (Komninos), in thrall to the ’50s and European crime movies, spends his time watching Constantine pics at home for company. His wife, Antigone, understandably left him a while ago. When the corpse of a smalltime crook is delivered to his front door one night, Aris finds himself getting beaten up, visited by an ex-colleague, questioned by the cops and re-meeting Antigone — all because of a computer disk that contains info on some dirty dealings. Plot largely substitutes complexity for real mystery, and goes round in circles to diminishing returns. Tech credits and perfs are standard.

In the Shadow of Lemmy Caution

Greece

Production

A Media Team, Greek Film Center, ERT production. (International sales: Greek Film Center, Athens.) Executive producer, Yorgos Komninos. Directed by Nikos Zervos. Screenplay, Zervos, Sofia Sotiriou.

Crew

Camera (color), Lefteris Pavlopoulos; editor, Vangelis Gousias; music, Yorgos Tzoukas; art director/costume designer, Penny Ampla. Reviewed on videocassette, London, Jan. 26, 2003. (In Thessaloniuki Film Festival -- Greek Films 2002.) Running time: 82 MIN.

With

Lakis Komninos, Afroditi Alsaleh, Kostas Kakkavas, Mihalis Iatropoulos, Vicky Harris, Dimitris Petropoulos, Dimitris Katsimanis, Vangelis Rohamis, Spyros Fokas, Elena Nathanil, Yota Alexandrou, Maria Drakopoulou, Nikos Karayorgos.
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