The film is a visually modern, very puritanical rendition of the classical texts of Sophocles about power and spirituality, about traditions and the heartless new world. It concentrates on ... See full summary »
... then the play. Jean Anouilh succeeds in making Greek Tragedy accessible to the Man In The Street by the classically (sorry about that) simple device of presenting the Chorus as a 'modern' figure in lounge suit setting up and commenting on an action taking place thousands of years ago. In this respect Noel Wilman is not unlike Anton Walbrook in La Ronde, which may well be where Anouilh got the idea - La Ronde was released in 1950, nine years before Anouilh's take on Ancient Greece. Just under half the running time is taken up by a duologue between Basil Sydney's Creon and Dorothy Tutin's Antigone and such is the quality of the acting from both that this holds the attention completely. Those with fond memories of British films of the 1950s will be intrigued to find Sam Kydd engaging Tutin in a second, less lengthy duologue, as the Ist guard whilst David McCallum was still finding his feet as an actor. Overall a fine production and painless introduction to Greek tragedy.
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