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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)
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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
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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>

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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 »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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

Orestis: This man used to be a master, now he is slave.
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Connections

Followed by The Trojan Women (1971) See more »

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A magnificent film
1 September 2003 | by Dave GodinSee all my reviews

I have just seen this film again via DVD after first seeing it in a cinema 40 years ago, and it remains in my view a staggering masterpiece of world cinema. It is a film that should be compulsory viewing by all aspiring film-makers since it is, unlike so many of today's movies which really are over influenced by television, so cinematic it makes one positively nostalgic for concepts like film grammar and form. Cunningly, it is almost a silent movie with a wonderful soundtrack, and the acting, (outstanding by all concerned), shows the great value of body language, and how good film editing, the use of a superb musical score, and excellent black and white cinematography can convey such powerful and poignant emotions. The play on which it is based has of course the soundest of psychological under-pinnings; guilt is an emotion and state of mind that can ONLY be experienced once one has done something horrendous enough to make it possess you. It cannot be imagined or anticipated, and, even when "rational" thought seems to justify the act, as Elektra and Orestes find to their cost, this evaporates instantly once that rage has been quenched. The final sequence of this film, after the mother has been murdered, and when these realisations manifest themselves is so overwhelming and powerful that only the hardest of heart could not be profoundly moved. But, like all good psycho-therapy, it is ultimately sanctifying, even if at the same time it is heart-breaking and almost unbearably poignant. Certainly one of the best films I have ever seen in my life, and every department deserves the highest praise and congratulations. One of the very few films to which I have awarded a 10/10 vote.


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