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Oedipus Rex (1967)

Edipo re (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 7 December 1984 (USA)
In pre-war Italy, a young couple have a baby boy. The father, however, is jealous of his son - and the scene moves to antiquity, where the baby is taken into the desert to be killed. He is ... See full summary »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Franco Citti ... Edipo
Silvana Mangano ... Giocasta
Alida Valli ... Merope
Carmelo Bene ... Creonte / Edipo's brother in-law
Julian Beck ... Tiresia / Blind oracle
Luciano Bartoli ... Laio / Former king
Francesco Leonetti Francesco Leonetti ... Laio's Servant
Ahmed Belhachmi Ahmed Belhachmi ... Polibo
Giovanni Ivan Scratuglia Giovanni Ivan Scratuglia ... Sacerdote (as Ivan Scratuglia)
Giandomenico Davoli Giandomenico Davoli ... Shepherd of Polibo
Ninetto Davoli ... Angelo
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In pre-war Italy, a young couple have a baby boy. The father, however, is jealous of his son - and the scene moves to antiquity, where the baby is taken into the desert to be killed. He is rescued, given the name Edipo (Oedipus), and brought up by the King and Queen of Corinth as their son. One day an oracle informs Edipo that he is destined to kill his father and marry his mother. Horrified, he flees Corinth and his supposed parents - only to get into a fight and kill an older man on the road... Written by David Levene <D.S.Levene@durham.ac.uk>

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Country:

Italy | Morocco

Language:

Italian | Romanian

Release Date:

7 December 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Oedipus Rex See more »

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Arco Film, Somafis See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First part of Pier Paolo Pasolini's "Mythical Cycle" also including Teorema (1968), Porcile (1969) and Medea (1969). See more »

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Version of Oedipo alcalde (1996) See more »

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Authenticity is not the issue
3 October 2004 | by returningSee all my reviews

We do ourselves no favour by fixating on how well a film uses every little detail and line in an original text. Certainly, by those standards this is a mediocre, and possibly lazy, film at best. But at the same time there is the problem of being so liberal in one's adaptation that every goes sour, the latest attempt at "Vanity Fair" is a perfect example. But this film, along with Bresson's "Pickpocket," should stand as the rules of adaptation for every young director. Both films are very interpretative, but the directors aren't so naive as to think that mere plot details can constitute a film. So what pushes this film beyond a mere surface-level adaptation? In this case, it takes a deep insight into the nature of Greek tragedy itself. Tragedy's dualism (the representational and the chaotic) is prevalent in all Pasolini's works, it was especially essential in his "Gospel," and I was excited to see how it played out in its own source, and the results are absolutely fantastic. Visually imaginative and so intellectually superior to its contemporaries it seems out of place in film.

5 out of 5 - Essential


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