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Electra (1962)

Ilektra (original title)
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 ...
Chorus Leader
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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First film of Elli Fotiou. See more »

Goofs

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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Elektra: [eulogy to Aegisthus] You, treacherous assassin. You, who threw both of us into a dark solitude, speak up and tell me, what did we do to you? Coward. You kept yourself away from battle to crawl into a stranger's bed. What did you think? That a woman who dishonors her husband can remain faithful to another man? But you knew, you and my mother, that your love was stained with blood, and you lived together as criminals, deceiving each other. And wherever you went, people said, "There goes ...
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Great cinematography makes up for simplified plot.
17 January 2001 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

An extraordinary film from a visual and dramatic standpoint, _Elektra_ unfortunately too often plays like a _Cliff's Notes_ version of Euripedes' work (although, in all fairness, I must note that the film is only "based on" the classical play). The essential structure is there: Agamemnon's murder, the banishment of Orestes, Elektra's marriage, the reuniting of the grown children, the double murder. But by clipping away much of the Euripedean dialogue, much depth of characterization is lost. The principles become one-dimensional, with only hints of the complexity which makes the story so overwhelming. However, the stark cinematography and fine acting make this film eminently watchable, particularly at the climatic matricide sequence.


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