The land ruled by King Oedipus is plagued by ill-fortune and the people are promised relief by the gods if the slayer of the former king is apprehended and punished. This does not bode well...
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This classic (Greek) tale tells how a noble youth accidentally marries his own mother, kills his own father (deliberately) and ends up paying a terrible price for invoking the wrath of the ... See full summary »
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The land ruled by King Oedipus is plagued by ill-fortune and the people are promised relief by the gods if the slayer of the former king is apprehended and punished. This does not bode well for King Oedipus and his Queen. (Performed in masks by the Stratford, Ontario, Shakespearean Festival Players.)Written by
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An attempt to film a Greek tragedy as the Greeks would have seen it, or at least somewhat so. It's intentions are noble, but it doesn't really have any ideas of its own. This is one dull film. The monotonous chanting might have worked for the ancient Athenians, but it cancels out the greatness of the play for modern viewers. Watching this version, Sophocles' play feels entirely irrelevant to us today. Even though I'm a classics scholar, I've always disliked adaptations of the tragedies I feel that we could never really capture what they meant to their original audience, simply because we are so vastly different from them. Fortunately, on a very rare occasion, someone gets it right. Skip this and see Pasolini's 1967 version of the same play. On a side note, William Shatner, in his second feature film performance, plays one of the chorus members. You can't see him, however, on account of his mask.
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