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Oedipus Rex (1957)

Approved | | Drama | 6 January 1957 (Canada)
The land ruled by King Oedipus is plagued by ill-fortune and the people are promised relief by the gods if the slayer of the former king is apprehended and punished. This does not bode well... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Douglas Campbell ...
Oedipus
Eleanor Stuart ...
Jocasta
Robert Goodier ...
Creon
William Hutt ...
Chorus Leader
Donald Davis ...
Tiresias
Douglas Rain ...
Creon
Tony Van Bridge ...
Man From Corinth
Eric House ...
Shepherd / Old Priest
Roland Bull ...
Chorus
Robert Christie ...
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Ted Follows ...
Chorus
David Gardner ...
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Bruno Gerussi ...
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Richard Howard ...
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Roland Hewgill ...
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The land ruled by King Oedipus is plagued by ill-fortune and the people are promised relief by the gods if the slayer of the former king is apprehended and punished. This does not bode well for King Oedipus and his Queen. (Performed in masks by the Stratford, Ontario, Shakespearean Festival Players.) Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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CAD 200,000 (estimated)
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25 October 2009 | by (Caracas, Venezuela) – See all my reviews

Read the book, then found this movie at the British Council and rented it. First thing: I found the movie's translation (by W. B. Yeats) much nicer than the translation I read. Second: I found the king's rage scene really wonderfully acted, even though that part in the book didn't suggest much dramatic climax to me (it was supposed to be just the king relating an exposition of antecedents.) That scene alone I think makes this movie worth watching, it is a very poetic sort of rendering of violence. The voice of the king overall is great. Several scenes really show great acting of the solemn kind. The details in the masks are truly worth watching as some others mentioned. Even the hair of the king (back of the mask) is quite a sculpture on its own. Also the long hands and nails, as well as the seer in white.


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