7.7/10
1,121
7 user 3 critic

Electra (1962)

Ilektra (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 24 October 1962 (France)
Living in exile after the death of their father, the grown children of a murdered and usurped king converge to exact eye-for-an-eye revenge.

Director:

Michael Cacoyannis (as Mihalis Kakogiannis)

Writers:

Michael Cacoyannis (as Mihalis Kakogiannis), Euripides (play)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Iphigenia (1977)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

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.

Director: Michael Cacoyannis
Stars: Irene Papas, Kostas Kazakos, Kostas Karras
Antigone (1961)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Antigone defies her uncle's decree that her traitorous brother should go unburied and therefore find no rest in the afterlife; however, her actions have tragic consequences.

Director: Yorgos Tzavellas
Stars: Irene Papas, Manos Katrakis, Maro Kodou
Certificate: GP Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The women of Troy face enslavement after the fall of their city.

Director: Michael Cacoyannis
Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Vanessa Redgrave, Geneviève Bujold
Stella (1955)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Proud and independent, Stella, an unconventional Rebetico singer who cherishes her freedom, finds herself in an intense whirlwind romance. Everything points to a tragic ending, and in the aftermath of passion, there can be no winners.

Director: Michael Cacoyannis
Stars: Melina Mercouri, Giorgos Foundas, Alekos Alexandrakis
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Marina's sister drowned herself, her brother is both headstrong and weak, and her widowed mother has a reputation for sleeping around. Plus, Marina, who's family was rich before the war, is... See full summary »

Director: Michael Cacoyannis
Stars: Ellie Lambeti, Dimitris Horn, Eleni Zafeiriou
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The lives of two male Greek teens and the young daughter of the British Ambassador in Greece are turned upside down when the best friend of a teenage gang leader dies. Meanwhile, a love triangle is developed between the three characters.

Director: Michael Cacoyannis
Stars: Alexandros Mamatis, Jenny Russell, Nikiforos Naneris
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The inextricably intertwined stories of five women who work as prostitutes just before the ban on brothels in Troumba.

Director: Vasilis Georgiadis
Stars: Jenny Karezi, Giorgos Foundas, Dimitris Papamichael
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

On a lazy Athenian Sunday, a young and fresh saleswoman loses her soon-to-be winning lottery ticket, only to meet its handsome new owner. Of course, she wants it back; however, what if fortune and ardent Cupid are already on her doorstep?

Director: Michael Cacoyannis
Stars: Ellie Lambeti, Giorgos Pappas, Dimitris Horn
Adventure | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In Greece, in the early part of the 20th century, two brothers from a wealthy landowning family have opposite views on how the poor workers who work on their land should be treated.

Director: Vasilis Georgiadis
Stars: Nikos Kourkoulos, Mairi Hronopoulou, Giannis Voglis
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Pivoting around a shiny counterfeit gold sovereign freshly milled from the clandestine workshop of an otherwise honest goldsmith, four brief vignettes of human imperfection; seduction; fate; desire, and devotion inextricably interweave.

Director: Yorgos Tzavellas
Stars: Vasilis Logothetidis, Ilia Livykou, Mimis Fotopoulos
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An American scholar in Greece sets about improving the prostitute with whom he is infatuated.

Director: Jules Dassin
Stars: Melina Mercouri, Jules Dassin, Giorgos Foundas
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A bank teller discovers an accounting error and becomes rich

Director: Yorgos Tzavellas
Stars: Yvonne Sanson, Dimitris Horn, Vasilis Avlonitis
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Irene Papas ... Elektra
Giannis Fertis ... Orestis
Aleka Katselli ... Klytaemnistra
Theano Ioannidou Theano Ioannidou ... Chorus Leader
Notis Peryalis Notis Peryalis ... Elektra's Husband
Takis Emmanuel ... Pylades
Fivos Razi Fivos Razi ... Aegisthus (as Phoebus Rhazis)
Manos Katrakis ... The Tutor
Eleni Karpeta
Kitty Arseni Kitty Arseni
E. Chatzeemichalee E. Chatzeemichalee
Theano Krassa Theano Krassa
M. Mauropoulou M. Mauropoulou
Elli Trygonopoulo Elli Trygonopoulo
Diza Kountoura Diza Kountoura
Edit

Storyline

A powerful rendering of the tragedy of Elektra by Euripides, second in a trilogy. The film begins with a summary treatment without dialogue of the action of the preceding play, The Agamemnon, in which the wicked Queen Clytemnestra and her lover Aesgisthes murder her husband Agamemnon upon his return from the Trojan War. Written by Paul Brians <brians@wsu.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Greece

Language:

Greek

Release Date:

24 October 1962 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Electra See more »

Filming Locations:

Mycenae, Greece See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Finos Film See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Finnish censorship visa # 064709. See more »

Goofs

Electra shows Clytemnestra a knife and then presents her own hair as if she has hacked it off. When she turns, her hair has been professionally and neatly trimmed very short. See more »

Quotes

Elektra: [eulogy to Aegisthus] You, treacherous assassin. You, who threw both of us into a dark solitude, speak up and tell me, what did we do to you? Coward. You kept yourself away from battle to crawl into a stranger's bed. What did you think? That a woman who dishonors her husband can remain faithful to another man? But you knew, you and my mother, that your love was stained with blood, and you lived together as criminals, deceiving each other. And wherever you went, people said, "There goes ...
See more »

Connections

Followed by Iphigenia (1977) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The most brilliant adaptation of any ancient Greek tragedy
4 July 2004 | by peter-de-rijckerSee all my reviews

From the first moment I saw the movie I rejoiced every bit of it : the crisp splendid black-and-white photography introducing an overwhelmingly barren landscape interacting with the drama we all know to come, the haunting "ancestral" score by Theodorakis, the impact of all sounds, the use of the choir with its laments and warnings and commentaries on everything and everybody, the tensions between good and evil mixed with love and hate, the unavoidable fate of the protagonists who cannot escape destiny as prescribed by bloodline and gods.

Besides being moved by too many unforgettable scenes enforced by splendid suggestive cutting (the actual murders, Electra's cutting her hair for the revenge to come, the confrontations between mother and daughter or brother and sister expressing their antagonistic emotions), the ultimate brilliance this masterpiece is Irene Papas outcry of grief and distress, the camera turning on itself as taking literally heaven and earth as her witness.

Appealing as strong to me as E. Munch's cry or Picasso's Guernica, I visited Mycene much later and still felt the movie's impact discovering this cursed place through Cacoyannis' lens.


21 of 24 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 7 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed