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Release Date:
7 September 1967 (Italy) See more »
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Plot:
In pre-war Italy, a young couple have a baby boy. The father, however, is jealous of his son - and the scene moves to antiquity... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
3 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Excellent Film as Art See more (10 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Silvana Mangano ... Jocasta

Franco Citti ... Oedipus

Alida Valli ... Merope
Carmelo Bene ... Creon

Julian Beck ... Tiresias
Luciano Bartoli ... Laius
Francesco Leonetti ... Laius' Servant
Ahmed Belhachmi ... Polybus
Giovanni Ivan Scratuglia ... Priest (as Ivan Scratuglia)
Giandomenico Davoli ... Shepherd

Ninetto Davoli ... Angelo the Messenger
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Laura Betti ... Jocasta's Maid (uncredited)

Pier Paolo Pasolini ... High Priest (uncredited)
Isabel Ruth ... Jocasta's Maid with a Lamb (uncredited)
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Directed by
Pier Paolo Pasolini 
 
Writing credits
Pier Paolo Pasolini 

Sophocles  play "Oedipus Rex" (uncredited)

Produced by
Alfredo Bini .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Giuseppe Ruzzolini 
 
Film Editing by
Nino Baragli 
 
Production Design by
Luigi Scaccianoce 
 
Set Decoration by
Andrea Fantacci 
 
Costume Design by
Danilo Donati 
 
Makeup Department
Ernesta Cesetti .... hair stylist
Maria Teresa Corridoni .... hair stylist
Giulio Natalucci .... makeup artist
Goffredo Rocchetti .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Eliseo Boschi .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jean-Claude Biette .... assistant director (as Jean Claude Biette)
Benoît Lamy .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Dante Ferretti .... assistant production designer
 
Sound Department
Fausto Ancillai .... sound mixer
Gilles Barberis .... audio restorer
Carlo Tarchi .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bruno Bruni .... still photographer
Sergio Rubini .... assistant camera
Otello Spila .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Piero Cicoletti .... assistant costume designer
 
Other crew
Lina D'Amico .... script supervisor
Walter Fabrizio .... production secretary
Paolo Ferrari .... voice dubbing: Franco Citti
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Edipo re" - Italy (original title)
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Runtime:
104 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Canada:14+ (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Italy:VM18 (original rating) | Italy:VM14 (re-rating) (1993) | Spain:13 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1990)
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Sophocles, the author of the original Greek tragedy on which this film is based, is given no on-screen credit.See more »
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Referenced in Nightstalker (2009) (V)See more »

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18 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Excellent Film as Art, 25 September 2006
Author: Kara Dahl Russell from United States

This film is possibly the most brilliant - color - film AS ART that I I have ever seen. It combines beautiful and fascinating poetic color visuals, unusual landscapes and locations with the classic story of Oedipus.

The story is told with very little dialog, (subtitles for the dialog where present) and this enhances the internal, primal feeling of the piece. Pasolini was often compared to Fellini, but I feel he is much better, because he uses his visuals always to advance and to the purpose of the story. To me Fellini's visuals were often purposeless antic oddity. Here, any ambiguity is not in the story, but in character motivation, which lends modern reality and immediacy to the whole.

The acting style combines the classic Greek use of stylized mannerisms and mask work seamlessly with smaller modern film acting. The setting transitions from 1960s Italy to a primitive/tribal landscape which lends itself beautifully to the timeless/ancient feeling of the Greek story. An example of detail: tribal body painting is used to represent both a ritual queen in shades of Elizabeth R, to the whiteness of a plague death; the costume designs are a combination of rustic and Egyptian/Papal religious.

Cast mainly with little known actors, the big name actor in this film was international star Alida Valli, who has only two or three brief scenes. Her talent is fairly wasted here, but her presence is riveting as the aging, childless queen. (Valli: A brilliant Italian actress who had a brief career here in the 40s-50s, then returned to Italy/Europe, and balanced her commercial work in slashers with more oddball artistically challenging work. Her work often embodies "excess within control," the dichotomy of superficial clam with seething internal emotion. PARADINE CASE, THE THIRD MAN, THE MIRACLE OF THE BELLS, CASSANDRA CROSSING, EYES WITHOUT A FACE, SENSO, WALK SOFTLY STRANGER.) This film is the kind of work I would hope to be a part of as an actress and artist. This film could easily be in theatres today and be even more appreciated now than it was at the time of its making.

Theatrically literate, visually stunning, gutsy, and intelligent. Enjoy!

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