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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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"Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" describes Medea 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 »
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10 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
"Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" describes Medea, 1 March 2004
Author: ccmiller1492 (ccmiller1492@yahoo.com) from Fairfax, VA

"Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" describes Medea, whose hubris and amour fou for the bold and beautiful Jason leads to her downfall. Revered as a goddess by her own people, she betrays her own divinity and her race when she aids him to steal the sacred fleece, killing her own god-brother by decapitation during their escape. After bearing two sons to Jason in Greece, Medea is still not accepted and fails to adjust to Greek culture. The affection of acclaimed hero Jason strays and his ambition culminates in a betrothal to King Kreon's daughter. But when Medea learns of this betrayal and negation of her love and sacrifice her fury knows no bounds. She summons up the dark forces within her (she is a barbarian sorceress after all) for vengeance against those who have wronged her by killing Jason's sons, welcoming him with a false semblance of conciliation and acceptance while serving his dead sons to him for dinner. She sends two magnificent marriage cloaks to the king and his daughter who, when they don them, burst into flames. She then departs in rage leaving Jason to live with the results of the infamy he caused her enact through destroying her life. Maria Callas, in her only film, shows the famous range and subtlety she enjoyed as an opera star. Her fierce control and rage are memorable. Although this was a low budget film, it is extremely evocative and leaves lasting impressions. The sequence in the beginning when Jason was being tutored by the centaur Chiron about his destiny was very effective, and marked the innovative trick-photographic technique of melding man to horse to make it look very real and convincing. The primitive settings and human sacrifice of Medea's people helped to establish her dark, powerful and exotic barbarian character. English subtitles helped make up for the unfortunate dubbing. A strange and powerful version which holds it own against other interpretations.

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