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Electra (I) (1962)
"Ilektra" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  24 October 1962 (France)
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Living in exile after the death of their father, the grown children of a murdered and usurped king converge to exact eye-for-an-eye revenge.

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Giannis Fertis ...
Aleka Katselli ...
Theano Ioannidou ...
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Notis Peryalis ...
Elektra's Husband
Takis Emmanuel ...
Pylades
Fivos Razi ...
Aegisthus (as Phoebus Rhazis)
Manos Katrakis ...
The Tutor
Eleni Karpeta
Kitty Arseni
E. Chatzeemichalee
Theano Krassa
M. Mauropoulou
Elli Trygonopoulo
Diza Kountoura
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A powerful rendering of the tragedy of Elektra by Euripides, second in a trilogy. The film begins with a summary treatment without dialogue of the action of the preceding play, The Agamemnon, in which the wicked Queen Clytemnestra and her lover Aesgisthes murder her husband Agamemnon upon his return from the Trojan War. Written by Paul Brians <brians@wsu.edu>

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Finnish censorship visa # 064709. See more »

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Having seconds thought about killing Klytaemnistra, Orestis proclaims a devil, not a god, must have spoken to the oracle who told him to seek vengeance. As it happens, the word "devil" comes from the Greek word diábolos which means slanderer or accuser, not the Christian or Islamic word for a supernatural enemy of humankind tempting people to commit evil deeds. See more »

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Orestis: And the mother who gave you life, why did she permit this marriage?
Elektra: That woman hears only her man.
Orestis: But why would Aegisthus allow this disgrace?
Elektra: So that our children would never be able to govern.
Orestis: It's fear that influences his conduct?
Elektra: He's afraid of vengeance, and that fear devours him.
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The most brilliant adaptation of any ancient Greek tragedy
4 July 2004 | by (Antwerp, Belgium) – See all my reviews

From the first moment I saw the movie I rejoiced every bit of it : the crisp splendid black-and-white photography introducing an overwhelmingly barren landscape interacting with the drama we all know to come, the haunting "ancestral" score by Theodorakis, the impact of all sounds, the use of the choir with its laments and warnings and commentaries on everything and everybody, the tensions between good and evil mixed with love and hate, the unavoidable fate of the protagonists who cannot escape destiny as prescribed by bloodline and gods.

Besides being moved by too many unforgettable scenes enforced by splendid suggestive cutting (the actual murders, Electra's cutting her hair for the revenge to come, the confrontations between mother and daughter or brother and sister expressing their antagonistic emotions), the ultimate brilliance this masterpiece is Irene Papas outcry of grief and distress, the camera turning on itself as taking literally heaven and earth as her witness.

Appealing as strong to me as E. Munch's cry or Picasso's Guernica, I visited Mycene much later and still felt the movie's impact discovering this cursed place through Cacoyannis' lens.


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