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Kravgi gynaikon (1978)

R | | Drama | August 1978 (USA)
Melina Mercouri plays an actress who is attempting a comeback with a staging of the Greek tragedy "Medea" (about a woman who kills her children) in her native Greece. As a publicity stunt, ... See full summary »

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Maya / Medea
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Kostas
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Maria
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Irene Emirza ...
Diana
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Katerina Bourlou
Foteini Filosofou
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Melina Mercouri plays an actress who is attempting a comeback with a staging of the Greek tragedy "Medea" (about a woman who kills her children) in her native Greece. As a publicity stunt, she arranges a meeting with an American woman (Ellen Burstyn) who is serving a prison term for killing her own children. Features Mercouri performing "Medea" in the original, intercut with Burstyn narrating her crime.

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A chance for the two leads to do some heavy emoting...but as dramatic storytelling, a failure
20 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

Melina Mercouri and Ellen Burstyn as two sides of an unlikely coin: Mercouri as an actress preparing to play the lead in a Greek stage production of "Medea" (who spites her cheating husband by murdering their children) and Burstyn an American woman jailed in Greece after killing her kids. Rough-hewn production with some florid, off-putting acting and a less-than-rousing script by Jules Dassin, who also directed. Was Dassin attempting a match of wits between the ladies, or a Bergman-esque study in contrast? Either way, the film has no driving force beyond the footlights, and is marred by poor cinematography and color. Select audiences may be willing to go out on a limb with this material, and indeed portions of the picture are arresting or disturbing. *1/2 from ****


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