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Medea (1969)

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To win the kingdom his uncle took from his father, Jason must steal the golden fleece from the land of barbarians, where Medea is royalty and a powerful sorceress, where human sacrifice ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Laurent Terzieff ...
Centaur
Giuseppe Gentile ...
Jason
Margareth Clémenti ...
Glauce (as Margareth Clementi)
Paul Jabara ...
Gerard Weiss ...
Second centaur
Sergio Tramonti ...
Apsirto, Medea's brother
Luigi Barbini ...
Argonaut
Gian Paolo Durgar ...
(as Gianpaolo Duregon)
Luigi Masironi
Michelangelo Masironi
Gianni Bradizi
Franco Jacobbi
Annamaria Chio ...
Wet-nurse (as Anna Maria Chio)
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To win the kingdom his uncle took from his father, Jason must steal the golden fleece from the land of barbarians, where Medea is royalty and a powerful sorceress, where human sacrifice helps crops to grow. Medea sees Jason and swoons, then enlists her brother's aid to take the fleece. She then murders her brother and becomes Jason's lover. Back in Greece, the king keeps the throne, the fleece has no power, and Medea lives an exile's life, respected but feared, abandoned by Jason. When she learns he's to marry the king's daughter, Medea tames her emotions and sends gifts via her sons; then, loss overwhelms her and she unleashes a fire storm on the king, the bride, and Jason. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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It's a movie about a woman who beheads her brother, stabs her children, and sends her lover's wife up in flames. For Maria Callas, it's a natural.

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27 December 1969 (Italy)  »

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Trivia

Final part of Pier Paolo Pasolini's "Mythical Cyce" also including Oedipus Rex (1967), Teorema (1968) and Porcile (1969). See more »

Goofs

When Jason speaks to the two centaurs, there is a mismatch in their shadows in the middle of the screen, indicating that the image is a composite. See more »

Quotes

King Kresus: You are a barbarian from a foreign land, different from us. We don't want you among us. It is impossible to see into the depths of one's soul.
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Where Film and Art do meet...
11 March 2005 | by (amsterdam) – See all my reviews

Film is barely a 100 years old, and strolls far behind Literature, which exists and shines for some 5000 years, and can't light a foot candle to music, which is probably a million years old...

But, film is catching up, although the cannonball race that modern society is nowadays does more damage then good. 'Medea' is the prove that film can, or might, be art. In a gallant way.

Pasolini's MEDEA deserves, on a scale from 1 to 10, a 1001.

This film, even if the viewer MIGHT not be completely satisfied after watching this picture (rumour has it that there actually are 4 to 6 of them somewhere on our planet), will linger on in the mind forever. Gorgeous shots will come back over and over again, the enigmatic yet beautiful soundtrack combined with the breathtaking locations will prove to be unforgettable !

Pasolini of course was a very wise man and leader, otherwise it is impossible one can surround himself with so much talent and craft. Having cinematographer Guarnieri, designer Ferretti and costume designer Tosi in your team means one knows that only the best were good enough.

There are others though, the nameless of the production team must have done an impossible good job to get this movie shot in those sensational but extremely difficult places.

And then of course, there is Callas.

No no, you Filistines, La Divina is not singing here. Callas already ended her career as unparalleled Opera Diva when she shot this movie. She did use her bottomless brown eyes and enormous presence for MEDEA though.

Many claim that MATTHEW'S PASSION is the ultimate PASOLINI Movie. They might be right; that one is as beautiful and as haunting as MEDEA.

But MEDEA has the truly unique locations.

And can boast that it has Maria Callas in her only movie-role...


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