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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.

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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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Drama

Certificate:

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Finnish censorship visa # 064709. See more »

Goofs

Having seconds thought about killing Klytaemnistra, Orestis proclaims a devil, not a god, must have spoken to the oracle who told him to seek vengeance. As it happens, the word "devil" comes from the Greek word diábolos which means slanderer or accuser, not the Christian or Islamic word for a supernatural enemy of humankind tempting people to commit evil deeds. See more »

Quotes

Orestis: This man used to be a master, now he is slave.
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Stark, spare, and powerful.
6 March 2012 | by michaelj108See all my reviews

Euripides pared to the essentials. Not one word, not one gesture is wasted. Nor is there ever an iota more than necessary.

A stark, spare study of despair in a sun blasted landscape that seems to watch over the pathetic efforts of humans with equal measures of timeless indifference and utter contempt. The characters in the story, the actors on the screen, and we in audience know what will happen next; but we are all powerless to prevent it. It is so intense that it makes Shakespeare's 'King Lear' seem almost frivolous.

It takes five minutes for the first two words to be spoken. 'Strike him!' Everything flows from that line. Another ten minutes of near silence passes before Electra appears. Her back to the camera, she turns to look over her shoulder - electricity is discharged. The audience gasps. Nothing is said but the implacable will is communicated. Nothing good is going to happen next.

It is almost a silent movie. They certainly have faces, to quote Gloria Graham from 'Sunset Boulevard.' By looks, by camera angles, by gestures, by the tensing of shoulders, the widening of eyes, make-up, fine photography, tight cutting, and very few words the tragedy unfolds.

It is always about Electra, to be sure, and Irene Pappas is a force of nature on the screen. She says little but each move, gesture, look, and word is supercharged.

Recommended for adults.


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