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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 ...
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 »

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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 »

Quotes

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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Wonderful!
17 January 2005 | by (Salt Lake City, Utah, USA) – See all my reviews

I accidentally came across this film while looking through used DVDs at a local store. Having a passing interest in Greek myth, I bought it sight unseen. Far, far better than recent American and British attempts to retell (read remake) these great stories, this marvelous film stays fairly close to the original, telling a tale of betrayal and revenge. I've always loved the story of Orestes: damned if he doesn't avenge his father's murder, damned if he kills the chief assassin-his own mother. Elektra's story is woeful as well-driven by her own desire for vengeance, a vengeance she believes will never come, only seeing her own doom and the triumph of her father's murderers.

Wonderfully acted by Irene Pappas. I'm recommending it to all my friends.


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