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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 »


Talthybius: [rides up and dismounts; he walks slowly forward and stops some distance from Andromache] Wife of the noblest man that was in Troy... O wife of Hector, do not hate me. Against my will I come to tell you...
[Andromache looks at him; he continues haltingly]
Talthybius: The people and the kings have all resolved -...
Andromache: What is it? Evil follows words like those.
Talthybius: This child they order - -
[he can't finish the phrase - he looks away, then through clenched teeth]
Talthybius: Oh, how can I say it...
Andromache: [presses her son against her] ...
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Version of Die Troerinnen (1966) See more »

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16 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film was shown at my art school in the early 90s to accompany reading the Greek play for class. It is beautifully produced -- the location and the lighting is exquisite, and makes the characters achingly beautiful in the midst of the tattered, gritty, treacherous war being waged around them. This film appears to be timeless...the cinematography is perfect; it does not appear to be an "old" or 'historical' film, and this luminescent quality helps younger viewers focus on the story (rather than struggle with history or epic readings or overlooking outdated film techniques). In fact, the movie is so well made, and the women appear so fresh and real, that as a college student I had no idea this movie was made in the early 70s, until I read a screen bio of Redgrave and was shocked that the movie is several decades "old." The viewer is pulled into the landscape by the profoundly beautiful Mediterranean surroundings, the intense acting, and raw emotionality the actors portray. This production successfully creates the ancient Greek ideal of tragedy, where the viewer experiences some personal transformation along with the characters. Quite memorable, even 15 years after seeing it -- and worth the time investment for a longer film.

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