Powerful, intense performance by Dame Judith Anderson
This filmed theater version of Euripides' tragedy is the most powerful, intense performance of Medea to date. I have seen four later, bigger budgeted film and/or theater versions, all of which are outclassed by this one, due mostly to the outstanding performance of Dame Judith Anderson who summons all the deep emotions possible in this role. Notable also is Henry Brandon, a much overlooked actor who does well in the supporting role of the hapless hero Jason who is brought low. All the classic elements of the Greek theater are observed in this production, with effective use of the stylized chorus which emphasizes the ongoing themes of the actions. This is a must-see for anyone interested in the classical Greek drama. Fortunately, a fair quality video tape of this performance was preserved and is available to demonstrate the gifts of this remarkable actress.
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