Sixty years ago, the French comic book hero Tin Tin, beloved by children around the world, celebrated Greek Easter alongside famous Greek actors.
He visited Greece in the film “Tin Tin and the Mystery of the Golden Fleece,” in which actors Dimos Starenios and Dimitris Myrat portrayed Easter scenes based in a traditional Greek village. The film is a charming snapshot of life in Greece in the 1960s, offering up wonderful scenes of an Athens that has changed a great deal over the decades.
Live-action Greek adventure
The live-action color film centers around Tin Tin’s search for gold after inheriting a boat named “The Golden Fleece.”
It was filmed around Turkey and Greece, with filming taking Tin Tin to central Athens as well as a traditional Greek village, and the historic monasteries of the spectacular Meteora region.
Scenes in the movie include shots of Tin Tin in the near-unrecognizable Plaka and Thisio areas of downtown Athens, which have changed so drastically since those days.
Tin Tin enchanted… by Easter lamb?
As in the comics read around the world, Tin Tin is accompanied by his loyal dog, named Milou. When the characters are visiting a quaint Greek village, Tin Tin realises that Milou has gone missing and goes to search for him.
He finds Milou next to a man roasting a lamb on a spit as is the tradition every Greek Easter. Milou, of course, cannot be faulted for following the delicious scent of Greek delicacies such as this!
A video of some of the Easter scenes filmed in a picturesque 1960s Greek village can be found below:
Greek actors star in French film
Two Greek actors, Dimos Starenios and Dimitris Myrat, starred in the 1961 film.
Myrat portrayed a businessman named Karabine, who follows Tin Tin throughout the film in an attempt to obtain the gold he has inherited on the ship.
Myrat, who was born in Athens in 1908, had a long and illustrious acting career before passing away in 1991. One of the highlights of his career was when he established his own theater company alongside his wife, Voula Zoumboulaki, staging plays at the Athens Theater.
Starenios played a slightly smaller role in Tin Tin’s Easter adventure, a character named Scoubidouvitch, who himself was named after a popular French children’s craft “Scoubidou”.
In the film, Starenios, as Scoubidouvitch helps Tin Tin solve the mystery surrounding the gold on the boat. Starenios was born in Cairo, Egypt in 1909 and died in Athens in 1983.
In his long and successful career, Starenios acted in more than 40 movies, including the hit film “The 300 Spartans,” filmed in Greece released in 1962.
A trailer for the Tin Tin film is shown below: