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The Trojan Women (1971)

GP  -  Drama  -  27 September 1971 (USA)
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The women of Troy face enslavement after the fall of their city.


(as Michael Cacoyannis)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Magee ...
Alberto Sanz ...
Pauline Letts ...
Rosalie Shanks ...
Woman (as Rosalind Shanks)
Pat Beckett ...
Woman (as Pat Becket)
Anna Bentinck ...
Elsie Pittas ...
Woman (as Ersie Pittas)
Esmeralda Adam García ...
Woman (as Esmeralda Adam)
Esperanza Alonso ...
María García Alonso ...
Woman (as Maria G. Alonso)


Hecuba and the other women of Troy rise to find their city in ruins and their cause lost. The city has fallen into Greek hands and it is likely their lot to become slaves of Greek soldiers. A messenger approaches to inform them that the lots have been drawn and each woman will be taken to the man who drew for her. Of particular interest is Hecuba's daughter, Cassandra, who is chosen for the Greek kings bedchamber. She has received word of this news already and is in hiding because she has sworn an oath to the gods that she will live as a virgin. When she is found she has some particularly nasty things to say about treatment at Greek hands. Written by Lordship <>

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The strength of mankind has always been its women.




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The Edith Hamilton translation of "The Trojan Women", which is used in this film, premiered on the Broadway stage in 1938. It was immediately acclaimed as being superior to the antiquated Gilbert Murray translation, which was the standard version used then. See more »


Soldier 4: [talking about Helen] No matter what they said, Helen will get back home alive.
Soldier 5: And she knows it.
Soldier 4: They need her for the victory parade. A symbol of Greek strength.
Soldier 5: A bloody trophy.
Soldier 4: Who needs her for a trophy? There's all that gold.
Soldier 5: [ironically] The Greeks don't go to war for gold. They find a cause. That's what Helen is - a cause!
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Classic Tragedy Classically Produced and Performed
28 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You must understand the form of classical tragedy to appreciate truly this film. Then you will see that Cacoyannis does, his four major actresses do, and the rest of his cast do, right down to the boy who plays Redgrave's son.

The four actresses have tragic arias -- there is no better word for it -- that they play magnificently. One always knows what is going on in this film because the text is translated so perfectly; the direction is so clear; and the actors play directly to that text. All are brilliant.

Don't look for special effects; there are none. Greek tragedy needed none. There are no chariot chases, no blowing up of the Parthenon as two smart-assed "detectives" grin and compliment each other, no two heroines outwitting all the police in the district and end up driving their chariot into a handy canyon. Sorry, gang, the play's the thing here -- and what a play and how well it is produced and performed.

If you love classics -- text, acting, and production, don't miss this one for any reason!

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