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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

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 Bradizi Gianni Bradizi ... Un Argonauta
Franco Jacobbi Franco Jacobbi ... Un Argonauta
Annamaria Chio Annamaria Chio ... Wet-nurse (as Anna Maria Chio)
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Storyline

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!

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | France | West Germany

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

28 January 1970 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Medée See more »

Filming Locations:

Cappadocia, Turkey See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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Follows Porcile (1969) See more »

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Excellent capture of aspects of the original tragedy
2 February 2002 | by existentSee all my reviews

This version of Medea, overall quite excellent, captures interesting aspects of the original piece. Familiarity with the story is necessary, though, and Passolini's story picks up a bit earlier than Euripides'. He runs through a stream of largely non-verbal sequences that establish a strong sense of place and emotional element that carry through the film. Classicists will enjoy the visual presentation of Iolkis, Chalkis, and their inhabitants -- though I still find it puzzling why the Argo is presented as little more than a raft; perhaps the budget was squandered on making a believable Centaur. Nonetheless, this film captures the mystical, religious, and passionate elements of Euripides' vision, and is highly recommended.


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