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Medea (1969)

Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy | 28 January 1970 (France)
On a quest to retrieve the Golden Fleece, Jason returns to Greece with the powerful sorceress, Medea. But when the King banishes her, Medea will plot her furious revenge.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Medea
... King Kresus / Creonte
... Centaur
Giuseppe Gentile ... Jason
Margareth Clémenti ... Glauce (as Margareth Clementi)
Paul Jabara ... Pelias
Gerard Weiss ... Second centaur
Sergio Tramonti ... Apsirto, Medea's brother
Luigi Barbini ... Un Argonauta
Gian Paolo Durgar ... (as Gianpaolo Duregon)
Luigi Masironi ... Jason at 5
Michelangelo Masironi ... Jason at 13
Gianni Bradizi ... Un Argonauta
Franco Jacobbi ... Un Argonauta
Annamaria Chio ... Wet-nurse (as Anna Maria Chio)
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In a remote barbarian land, where the natives and Medea, a high priestess and powerful sorceress, worship the Golden Fleece to protect the crops, Jason and the Argonauts arrive with the intention of retrieving it. Captivated by the hero's charm, Medea betrays her people and her beliefs to follow Jason back to Greece, however, when he deserts her and the their two children and the King banishes her, Medea will plot her furious revenge. Can they escape her wrath? Written by Nick Riganas

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Maria Callas' first dramatic movie!

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Drama | Fantasy

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Trivia

Final part of Pier Paolo Pasolini's "Mythical Cyce" also including Oedipus Rex (1967), Teorema (1968) and Porcile (1969). See more »

Goofs

When Jason speaks to the two centaurs, there is a mismatch in their shadows in the middle of the screen, indicating that the image is a composite. See more »

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King Kresus: You are a barbarian from a foreign land, different from us. We don't want you among us. It is impossible to see into the depths of one's soul.
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Version of Kravgi gynaikon (1978) See more »

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'Hard' Pasolini film for few. Bold visuals & soundtrack, little text
6 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

There are several directors that make "arty" films that are certainly not for everyone. Pasolini has also done films which can be more easily acceptable by wider audiences; yet this is not one of them. This is one of those films that can and will be liked by only a few people. Others will turn their head the other way or simply hate it...

Well I like weird art & films, I like Pasolini, and I liked Medea in various interesting aspects. I suppose one should at least know the basics of Euripedes story to comprehend the story - Pasolini doesn't focus in the story so much, important facts are assumed by the viewer and the dialogues are scarce within the film. No narration exists.

I think Pasolini here was more interested in presenting the cultural / ethnological / theological / religious stigma of the era - his usual interest on god and religion is also here, despite text is given few opportunities to breed context in this film. We have also the theme of ancient world VS the new world of logic and the new gods. This is one of the films, like, say, Hertzog's films, that are up to the viewer to comprehend, or a film critics would call a symbolic one. Needless to say one has to like to think while watching this one, not be spoon-fed.

Last but not least, the soundtrack enhances this strongly visual experience a lot. A set of strange but intense folk/ethnic/avant guard/experimental songs make the viewing a unique experience for those who like 'hard' films....


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