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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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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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Not my cup of tea but has much to admire about it 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)

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 | 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 John & Yoko's Year of Peace (2000) (TV)See more »

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Why do we see two versions of Glauce's death?
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Not my cup of tea but has much to admire about it, 23 November 2012
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

Being familiar with the story and Maria Callas, on the opera stage unrivalled as a singing-actress, were my main interests into watching Medea, having never seen a Passolini film before. I didn't love it, however I also didn't hate it, though I can see perfectly both viewpoints. I don't think Medea is a flawless film, some of the anachronisms did go over my head, the film due to some sluggish pacing can get dull at times, the centaur's monologue- though much of Medea is dialogue-free- goes on forever and gets tedious quickly and the way Jason's role is written and performed is too simplistic and rather amateurish. However, I did think it looked great, the locations are really unique and beautiful to look at and the cinematography gives a grim and surreal feel that actually suits the story. You can definitely sense that there is a sense of time and phrase, and it is quite clear here. The music is also incredible, it draws you right in, is very bold in orchestration and captures the atmosphere of the drama superbly. Passolini directs very assuredly on the whole, some scenes are evocatively savage and if there are any highlights they are Medea's mesmerising entrance and the genuinely frightening climax. The centaur is beautifully played, looking imposing and the relationship between him and Jason is the most convincing of the relationships between the characters. The main merit of Medea is Maria Callas' titular role performance, like she did on the opera stage with an intelligent, sensual and quite menacing presence she completely dominates every scene she appears in and is incredibly magnetic. Overall, more a film I appreciate but worth watching for Callas, the visuals and the score. 6/10 Bethany Cox

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