Antigone (1961)
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Antigone defies her uncle's decree that her traitorous brother should go unburied and therefore find no rest in the afterlife; however, her actions have tragic consequences.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Manos Katrakis ...
Maro Kodou ...
Nikos Kazis ...
Ilia Livykou ...
Giannis Argyris ...
A Sentry
Byron Pallis ...
A Messenger
Tzavalas Karousos ...
Thodoros Moridis ...
First Elder of Thebes
Giorgos Vlahopoulos ...
Elder of Thebes
Yorgos Karetas ...
Elder of Thebes
Thanasis Kefalopoulos ...
Elder of Thebes
H. Bourgatzas ...
Elder of Thebes
I. Garifalidis ...
Elder of Thebes
A. Kakoulidis ...
Elder of Thebes


In the Ancient Greek city of Thebes, King Oedipus killed his father and married his mother Jocasta, having two sons - Eteocles and Polynieces - and two daughters - Ismene and Antigone. King Oedipus died a beggar in the exile after gouging out his own eyes, and Eteocles agreed to reign in Thebes in alternating years with Polynieces. However, Eteocles refuses to resign after the first year and Polynieces is exiled. Polynieces raises an army and attacks Thebes, and the two brothers kill each other. Crean, the new ruler of Thebes Creon decrees that Eteocles should have an honorable burial while the body of the traitor Polynieces should be left on the battlefield to be eaten by jackals and vultures. However, Antigone, who was betrothed to Creon's surviving son Haemon, defies Creon's orders and buries her brother. When Creon is reported of the attitude of Antigone, he sentences her to be sealed in a tomb alive. Antigone hangs herself in the tomb and Haemon tries to kill his father first and... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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22 January 1962 (Greece)  »

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Don't watch this when you're tired.
6 November 1999 | by (New England, United States) – See all my reviews

A simple Greek tragedy plot with good acting. Watch out for that loud suspense music and pay attention to the subtitles and you should enjoy it OK.

For as simple as the plot was, though, it could have been a shorter movie. That just means that when you're finished watching, you'll feel like you've accomplished something.

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