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The powerful Greek shipowner and constructor Thanos proposes to marry Phaedra during the baptism of a ship with her name. Phaedra, who is the daughter of Thanos'greatest competitor, is a ... See full summary »

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Elizabeth Ercy ...
Ercy (as Elisabeth Ercy)
Tzavalas Karousos ...
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Zorz Sarri ...
Ariadne (as George Sarris)
Andreas Filippides ...
Andreas (as Andreas Philippides)
Olympia Papadouka ...
Anna
Stelios Vokovich ...
Stravos
Nikos Tzogias ...
Felere (as Nicos Tzoyas)
Depi Martini ...
Heleni (as Depy Martini)
Alexis Pezas ...
Dimitri
Tasso Kavadia
Kostas Baladimas ...
Dimo (as Dimos Baladinas)
Faidon Georgitsis
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The powerful Greek shipowner and constructor Thanos proposes to marry Phaedra during the baptism of a ship with her name. Phaedra, who is the daughter of Thanos'greatest competitor, is a bored woman. Thanos gives an expensive ring to Phaedra and soon she learns that his estranged son from his first marriage, Alexis, has left the London School of Economics (LSE) in London to dedicate himself to painting. Thanos asks Phaedra to travel to London to bring Alexis to meet him in Greece. When Phaedra meets Alexis, she falls in love with her stepson and seduces him. Their doomed love affair leads the family to a tragedy. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The passion of Phaedra, who at the same moment embraced her love and her destruction. See more »

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The car Phaedra buys her stepson is a 1960 Aston Martin DB4 MkII. See more »

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When Alexis goes to get the car from the garage toward the end of the movie, there is a very evident dent near the door handle. The dent is not evident when he gets out of the car in the next scene. See more »

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Chorus: These people are like gods. They celebrate with fire in the sky.
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A ture lost "classic"
8 November 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are few films that one remembers like the nostalgia of a lost love. Phaedra has this effect on me. I saw it at a "foreign" film festival at Metropolitan State College in Denver Colorado when I was 20 years old in l965. Perkins will always bring to mind the "angst" ridden, melancholy young man, a role he truly "lives" in this brilliantly updated Greek tradegy. Melina M was never more alluring and exotic. When you combine the chemistry of these two unusual actors with the ancient fear of incest and deceit that Phaedra represents you get stunning performances from the two leads. I also was mesmerized by the haunting and seductive soundtrack from this film. The best description for it is "greek jazz",although that certainly doesn't describe it well. I bought the vinyl 33 in a used record shop in 1989 and copied it to tape. It travels with me in my car and is played quite frequently. Is there any hope of this film ever becoming available to vhs? Who knows. All I know is that the "fireplace" seduction scene has few equals in any other contemporary film for raw sensualism and erotic power.


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