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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:

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Production Co:

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

Sophocles, the author of the original Greek tragedy on which this film is based, is given no on-screen credit. See more »

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Referenced in Funeral Parade of Roses (1969) See more »

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"haunting experience"
16 October 2004 | by butterfingerSee all my reviews

Oedipus Rex: Oedipus Rex is a haunting experience. The final scene on the city streets is enchanting. The scene in which Oedipus kills three Roman guards is one of the finest tapestries of tension and viscera in cinema. The acting isn't worth mentioning; this film is Pasolini's triumph. It is mainly a triumph of striking and occasionally nauseating imagery. The shifts in time periods are rather tacky and simplistic in retrospect; they are done so gracefully though. The conclusion is pulled together with beautifully written dialogue that only Paolo Pasolini could deliver. The film is not one that is easily forgotten and is sure to be remembered for a long time.


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