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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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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: Come. Let's cry together, unite our pain in a lament.
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Follows The Trojan Women (1971) See more »

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9 December 2011 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

My only regret is that Michael Cacoyannis did not have a large enough budget to give his film the production values that one would expect from a story of such grandiose proportions. He does what he can with the resources available, and that is quite sufficient, but I would have loved to have seen life-size ships instead of small boats as the Greeks are waiting for their departure from Aulis. In the end, however, the artistic quality of his work is so high that nothing else matters. The Euripidean text is more than adequately translated into film. The actors are all superb. My joy at seeing their work is immense. Irene Papas has to be one of the greatest actors in the history of film. Her Clytemnestra makes one understand what lies in the future for Agamemnon. Eugène Ionesco loved this film. I can see why.


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