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Medea (1969)

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

The scenes set around Medea's house in Corinth were filmed outside the ancient city walls of Aleppo in Syria. 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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Not my cup of tea but has much to admire about it
23 November 2012 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Being familiar with the story and Maria Callas, on the opera stage unrivalled as a singing-actress, were my main interests into watching Medea, having never seen a Passolini film before. I didn't love it, however I also didn't hate it, though I can see perfectly both viewpoints. I don't think Medea is a flawless film, some of the anachronisms did go over my head, the film due to some sluggish pacing can get dull at times, the centaur's monologue- though much of Medea is dialogue-free- goes on forever and gets tedious quickly and the way Jason's role is written and performed is too simplistic and rather amateurish. However, I did think it looked great, the locations are really unique and beautiful to look at and the cinematography gives a grim and surreal feel that actually suits the story. You can definitely sense that there is a sense of time and phrase, and it is quite clear here. The music is also incredible, it draws you right in, is very bold in orchestration and captures the atmosphere of the drama superbly. Passolini directs very assuredly on the whole, some scenes are evocatively savage and if there are any highlights they are Medea's mesmerising entrance and the genuinely frightening climax. The centaur is beautifully played, looking imposing and the relationship between him and Jason is the most convincing of the relationships between the characters. The main merit of Medea is Maria Callas' titular role performance, like she did on the opera stage with an intelligent, sensual and quite menacing presence she completely dominates every scene she appears in and is incredibly magnetic. Overall, more a film I appreciate but worth watching for Callas, the visuals and the score. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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