The Greek army is about to set sail to a great battle, but the winds refuse to blow. Their leader, King Agamemnon, seeks to provide better food, but accidentally slays a sacred deer. His punishment from the gods, the sacrifice of his daughter Iphigenia. Written by
Greece's official submission to the 1978's Oscar in the Best Foreign Film category. See more »
According to Greek mythology, Achilles was rendered impervious to wounds having been dipped in the river Styx as an infant by his mother (all but his heal by which she held him). There is clearly a red mark on the upper arm of Panos Mihalopoulos (who portrayed Achilles). It could be a strawberry birth mark, but it looks like a healing wound which Achilles would not have. See more »
'Iphigenia' is the great achievement of Michael Cacoyannis. This masterful play is masterfully adapted for the screen and brought to life by a wonderful cast. Cacoyannis achieved the impossible. He managed to film a Greek tragedy to screen without losing its effectiveness and importance. A stellar greek cast helps him in this. Newcomer Tatiana Papamoschou is extremely impressive as Iphigenia. Equally impressive is Irene Papas ,who even though she sometimes seems over the top, it is very realistic. A wonderful Greek film, beautifully adapted and directed by Michael Cacoyannis, with an excellent music score by Mikis Theodorakis which is ideal in every scene.
P.S. Rumours say that the film lost the best foreign language film Oscar by only 1 vote!!!
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