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

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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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First film of Elli Fotiou. 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

Elektra: I have a pitiful marriage.
Orestis: Now your brother must cry for you.
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Matricide Becomes Electra
4 October 2020 | by FiahmSee all my reviews

As an adaptation of a two thousand year old Greek tragedy, Michael Cacoyannis' "Electra" is hard to beat, and I cannot imagine it being improved upon by any further attempt on it now: there is a stripped down starkness and simplicity to it that benefits it greatly, and lends it the haunting quality of myth that no amount of CGI could better.

It has immaculately brooding, glowing cinematography, unsurpassably shot amid the ancient stones of Mycenae itself, and the music by Mikis Theodorakis (of Zorba The Greek fame) is timeless and perfect.

If I had to point out any weaknesses at all, perhaps Irene Papas in the title role looks a little too 60s in her look, although her acting is fine. There's a couple of gaps in the narrative that should probably have been filmed and inserted, as their absence either weakens the drama or feels confusing. But these are small quibbles.

Several times while watching I found myself thinking it would make a good double bill with Orson Welles' Othello, as it feels cut from a similar cloth, though it is a better film for being less wordy. Recommended.


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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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