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Medea -- Medea sacrifices everything to win the love of Jason, leader of the army of Argonaut. But when Jason spurns her to marry the kings daughter, Medea's exacts a scorching revenge that destroys everyone in its path.

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Release Date:
27 December 1969 (Italy) See more »
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Tagline:
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.
Plot:
To win the kingdom his uncle took from his father, Jason must steal the golden fleece from the land of barbarians... See more » | Add synopsis »
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NewsDesk:
(23 articles)
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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)

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:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Belgium:KNT | Finland:K-12 | Italy:VM18 | Spain:13 | Spain:T (DVD re-rating) | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:12 (video rating) (2011) | UK:PG (video rating) (1990)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
According to Richard Burton's diaries, Maria Callas very much wanted him to play Jason. Callas was despondent after her long-time lover, shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis, had dumped her for Jacqueline Kennedy, and while Burton was sympathetic, he declined the role, thinking it "thankless".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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11 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
The other Callas, 28 February 2000
Author: cOOtje-3 (nickcuyvers@hotmail.com) from Antwerp, Belgium

It's a shame that this movie will most likely attract an audience that looks it up for the novelty-value of seeing La Divina Callas 'play' at movie-actress. I would almost wish she never got famous so that people could get bowled over by what must be one of the best unsung performances ever in movie-history (rather than a new trick for an old pony). Just as in the theater, every single gesture, every word is carefully measured for all its worth before being made or spoken. She seems to create the role as the movie proceeds, diverting attention away from the sometimes painfully low production values and the hesitant acting of the first-timers. Add to this one of Pasolini's most assuredly directed films, and stunning scenery (the locations indicated by the original play), and it seems as though you had never even heard about the play (let alone seen or read it). That's how fresh this movie comes across a couple of decades later.

Get over that fear of foreign language and subtitles and enjoy!!

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