Loafing and Camouflage – Loufa Kai Parallagi (1984)

Loafing and Camouflage - Loufa Kai Parallagi (1984)

Taglines: A national tragedy turned into a comedy.

The film is the story of a group of soldiers, who, in the course of their compulsory military service in 1967 and 1968, before and during the military dictatorship in Greece, are assigned to the then recently founded Armed Forces Television.

This TV station, founded for the civilian population, was run by the Cinematographic Unit of the army which until then had only produced propaganda films and newsreels and was responsible for entertaining the troops and other charity organizations with movie screenings. The personnel was composed mostly of soldiers, who already had experience in the film business in their civilian lives, as well as those who received their training in the army. The story may be only 95% true, but that is simply because the true story is even more absurd.

Loafing and Camouflage (Greek: Λούφα και Παραλλαγή Lufa ke Paralayi/L&C) (1984) is a Greek cult comedy classic motion picture directed by Nikos Perakis. It starred Nikos Kalogeropoulos, Giorgos Kimoulis, Tania Kapsali, Takis Spiridakis, Stavros Xenidis, Andreas Filippides, Hristos Valavanidis and Ifigeneia Makati. It was followed by the 1987 motion picture Bios kai Politeia (Life and Times), bringing the characters in a post-20 year “reunion”.

In 2005, Loafing and Camouflage: Sirens in the Aegean was released, bearing no relation to the first installment; instead, telling the story of a modern-day Army company. A TV series version of the movie aired for two seasons, featuring actors from the latest L&C movie in the roles of the original characters from the 1984 installment.

Loafing and Camouflage - Loufa Kai Parallagi Movie Poster (1984)

Loafing and Camouflage (1984)

Directed by: Nicos Perakis
Starring: Nikos Kalogeropoulos, Giorgos Kimoulis, Tania Kapsali, Takis Spiridakis, Stavros Xenidis, Andreas Filippides, Hristos Valavanidis, Ifigeneia Makati
Screenplay by: Nicos Perakis
Cinematography by: Giorgos Panousopoulos
Film Editing by: Giorgos Triandafyllou
Costume Design by: Heidrun Brandt
Art Direction by: Giorgos Koliopanos
Music by: Nikos Mamangakis
Distributed by: Spentzos Films
Release Date: October 1, 1984