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27 December 1969 (Italy) See more »
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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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'Hard' Pasolini film for few. Bold visuals & soundtrack, little text See more (22 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Maria Callas ... Medea

Massimo Girotti ... King Kresus / Creonte
Laurent Terzieff ... Centaur
Giuseppe Gentile ... Jason
Margareth Clémenti ... Glauce (as Margareth Clementi)
Paul Jabara ... Pelias
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)

Piera Degli Esposti
Mirella Pamphili (as Mirella Panfili)
Graziella Chiarcossi ... Glauce's maid
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maria Cumani Quasimodo ... (uncredited)
Vladimir Julukhadze ... (uncredited)
Giorgio Trombetti ... (uncredited)
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Directed by
Pier Paolo Pasolini 
 
Writing credits
Pier Paolo Pasolini (written by)

Euripides  play (uncredited)

Produced by
Klaus Hellwig .... associate producer
Pierre Kalfon .... associate producer
Franco Rossellini .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Ennio Guarnieri (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Nino Baragli 
 
Production Design by
Dante Ferretti 
 
Costume Design by
Piero Tosi 
 
Makeup Department
Maria Teresa Corridoni .... hair: Il truco della Sig.ra Callas e le pettinature da
Marcella De Marzi .... hair stylist
Goffredo Rocchetti .... wigs: Il truco della Sig.ra Callas e' stato curato da
Romolo Sensoli .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Fernando Franchi .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carlo Carunchio .... assistant director
Sergio Citti .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Nicola Tamburo .... construction coordinator (as Nicola Tamburro)
Italo Tomassi .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Carlo Tarchi .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Pasquale Rachini .... assistant camera
Sergio Salvati .... camera operator
Mario Tursi .... still photographer (as Mario Trusi)
Giorgio Urbinelli .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Piero Cicoletti .... assistant costume designer
Gabriella Pescucci .... assistant costume designer
 
Music Department
Elsa Morante .... musical collaborator
 
Other crew
Marina Cicogna .... presents
Pino Colizzi .... voice dubbing: Giuseppe Gentile (uncredited)
Enrico Maria Salerno .... voice dubbing: Laurent Terzieff (uncredited)
Rita Savagnone .... voice dubbing: Maria Callas (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
Italy:110 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Belgium:KNT | Finland:K-12 | Italy:VM18 (original rating) | Italy:VM14 (re-rating) | Spain:13 | Spain:T (DVD re-rating) | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1990)
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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:
Revealing mistakes: 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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2006)See more »

FAQ

Why do we see two versions of Glauce's death?
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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
'Hard' Pasolini film for few. Bold visuals & soundtrack, little text, 6 August 2005

There are several directors that make "arty" films that are certainly not for everyone. Pasolini has also done films which can be more easily acceptable by wider audiences; yet this is not one of them. This is one of those films that can and will be liked by only a few people. Others will turn their head the other way or simply hate it...

Well I like weird art & films, I like Pasolini, and I liked Medea in various interesting aspects. I suppose one should at least know the basics of Euripedes story to comprehend the story - Pasolini doesn't focus in the story so much, important facts are assumed by the viewer and the dialogues are scarce within the film. No narration exists.

I think Pasolini here was more interested in presenting the cultural / ethnological / theological / religious stigma of the era - his usual interest on god and religion is also here, despite text is given few opportunities to breed context in this film. We have also the theme of ancient world VS the new world of logic and the new gods. This is one of the films, like, say, Hertzog's films, that are up to the viewer to comprehend, or a film critics would call a symbolic one. Needless to say one has to like to think while watching this one, not be spoon-fed.

Last but not least, the soundtrack enhances this strongly visual experience a lot. A set of strange but intense folk/ethnic/avant guard/experimental songs make the viewing a unique experience for those who like 'hard' films....

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