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Antigone (1961)

Antigoni (original title)
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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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
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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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A Greek rendition of a Greek classic, this film has remained with me for 40 years.
8 October 2001 | by (Latham, New York) – See all my reviews

This film, seen in my youth, has etched itself indelibly into my psyche. Achingly bleak, this story of a sister's love is portrayed in a classical style, with Irene Pappas powerfully projecting the character of the title role. This is a worthwhile way to use your valuable time.


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