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Medea (1969)

Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy | 28 January 1970 (France)
After his quest to retrieve the fabled Golden Fleece, Jason returns to Greece with the powerful sorceress, Medea. However, when the king banishes her, it's only human that Medea plots her furious revenge. Can they escape her wrath?
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maria Callas ... Medea
Massimo Girotti ... King Kresus / Creonte
Laurent Terzieff ... Centaur
Giuseppe Gentile Giuseppe Gentile ... Jason
Margareth Clémenti Margareth Clémenti ... Glauce (as Margareth Clementi)
Paul Jabara Paul Jabara ... Pelias
Gerard Weiss Gerard Weiss ... Second centaur
Sergio Tramonti Sergio Tramonti ... Apsirto, Medea's brother
Luigi Barbini Luigi Barbini ... Un Argonauta
Gian Paolo Durgar Gian Paolo Durgar ... (as Gianpaolo Duregon)
Luigi Masironi Luigi Masironi ... Jason at 5
Michelangelo Masironi Michelangelo Masironi ... Jason at 13
Gianni Brandizi Gianni Brandizi ... Un Argonauta
Franco Jacobbi Franco Jacobbi ... Un Argonauta
Annamaria Chio Annamaria Chio ... Wet-nurse (as Anna Maria Chio)
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On a quest to retrieve the fabled Golden Fleece, Jason and the Argonauts arrive at a remote barbarian land where the natives worship the sacred artefact to protect the crops. But, unexpectedly, as Medea--a beautiful high priestess and the land's powerful sorceress--betrays her beliefs to follow Jason back to Greece, a cruel fate awaits her. As a result, deserted and banished by the king, it's only human that Medea plots 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

Sole feature length film to feature Maria Callas. 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 »

Quotes

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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"Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" describes Medea
1 March 2004 | by ccmiller1492See all my reviews

"Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" describes Medea, whose hubris and amour fou for the bold and beautiful Jason leads to her downfall. Revered as a goddess by her own people, she betrays her own divinity and her race when she aids him to steal the sacred fleece, killing her own god-brother by decapitation during their escape. After bearing two sons to Jason in Greece, Medea is still not accepted and fails to adjust to Greek culture. The affection of acclaimed hero Jason strays and his ambition culminates in a betrothal to King Kreon's daughter. But when Medea learns of this betrayal and negation of her love and sacrifice her fury knows no bounds. She summons up the dark forces within her (she is a barbarian sorceress after all) for vengeance against those who have wronged her by killing Jason's sons, welcoming him with a false semblance of conciliation and acceptance while serving his dead sons to him for dinner. She sends two magnificent marriage cloaks to the king and his daughter who, when they don them, burst into flames. She then departs in rage leaving Jason to live with the results of the infamy he caused her enact through destroying her life. Maria Callas, in her only film, shows the famous range and subtlety she enjoyed as an opera star. Her fierce control and rage are memorable. Although this was a low budget film, it is extremely evocative and leaves lasting impressions. The sequence in the beginning when Jason was being tutored by the centaur Chiron about his destiny was very effective, and marked the innovative trick-photographic technique of melding man to horse to make it look very real and convincing. The primitive settings and human sacrifice of Medea's people helped to establish her dark, powerful and exotic barbarian character. English subtitles helped make up for the unfortunate dubbing. A strange and powerful version which holds it own against other interpretations.


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Country:

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Language:

Italian

Release Date:

28 January 1970 (France) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Cappadocia, Turkey See more »

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Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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