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Iphigenia (1977)

Ifigeneia (original title)
To appease offended gods before going to war, a commander must sacrifice his favorite daughter to them but does so under the pretext of marrying her off.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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Klytaimnistra (as Eirini Papa)
Kostas Kazakos ...
Kostas Karras ...
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Christos Tsagas ...
Odysseas
Panos Mihalopoulos ...
Ahilleas
Angelos Yannoulis ...
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Dimitri Aronis ...
Kalhas
Georges Vourvahakis ...
Eirini Koumarianou ...
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Giorgos Oikonomou ...
Messenger
Dimitris Kontogiannis ...
Myrmidon (as Dimitris Kondogiannis)
Yorgos Charalabidis
Tasos Lertas
Dimitris Mitsoulas
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Storyline

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 <chaz@eschaton.net>

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20 November 1977 (USA)  »

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Greece's official submission to the 1978's Oscar in the Best Foreign Film category. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Ifigeneia: Enough with the tears. Start singing to wake up the winds.
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Follows The Trojan Women (1971) See more »

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Sacrifice
19 April 2006 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I agree with all the accolades, I went through a box of tissues watching this film. It had a gritty authenticity and rang true in every way.

The question I'm about to raise represents a current sensibility regarding the treatment of animals. I had a very difficult time with the beginning slaughter of sheep and goats, and the dying deer with its pulsing neck and pooling blood as its life drained away was hideous.

This is the age of "no animals were hurt in the production of this move." Iphigenia was made in the late 70's before the advent of computer simulation. Was it possible to fake these animal deaths? Or were these animals slaughtered for art?


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